The route, which I described here. Things, in the way of Spring wildflowers, was starting to warm up on my most recent walk, documented here, here and here. It had been raining and it was still cloudy so I had to use artificial light for photographs. I continued around the Fishing Area…
When I continued into the ‘Rock Garden,’ I found some Smallflower Pawpaw (Asimina parviflora); one still had a flower and the stems were leafing out. I hadn’t realized that these plants were in this part of the park either.
The Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) in the Rock Garden were blooming. The flowers in this area were a deep maroon.
The new leaves of the wild ginger Little Brown Jug (Hexastylis arifolia) had developed and pushed the leaves away from the flowers that were now exposed.
It looked like the older flower might be going to develop a seedpod. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the plant on my next walk).
The buds of the Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) were still developing. One bud in each cluster was dominant.
There was one final surprise which has remained a mystery.
I found a gall on the leaf stem of a cluster of oak leaves that had fallen from a tree during the recent windy storms. I haven’t been able to identify the gall, possibly because it was too early in its development to see its mature form. Too bad.