Spring In Maryland – April Wildflowers

Posted on April 30, 2008

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Today is the last day of a rainy and chilly April. Spring in Maryland is into its eighth week, by my calculation. It’s been a fast-changing kaleidoscope of colors, white and pink and yellow and lavender.

I noticed my first buttercups on Monday. Petite yellow buttercups are among the the prettiest of wildflowers. But all varieties of buttercups are said to be poisonous! Go figure. Dandelions are everywhere, both flowering and seeding next year’s crop, and the clover is coming along nicely.

The Cherry Blossoms and forsythia are history, but every week brings new outbursts of blossoming trees. The wind and rain of last weekend sent pink petals flying from the crab-apple trees in my neighborhood. They collected in the most beautiful and unlikely drifts along the curbs in the apartment parking lot. (I must get a digital camera to record such sights.) If you pick up a handful of the pink petals, they are soft beyond description. Softer than the fur on a puppy’s belly or the thin skin on the back of an old woman’s hand.

The early-blooming trees and forsythia have turned green, and almost all the trees that were bare four weeks ago are green. Late-blooming trees, mostly with white blossoms, accent the green.

The high temperature for today, last day of April, is predicted to be about 64 degrees, with a low around 48 degrees. Yesterday’s high at BWI: 61 degrees. So much for going straight from winter to summer.

Coming attractions: May and the Black-Eyed Susan, Maryland’s state flower, which is said to be the most common wildflower in the United States. The flower is two to three inches in diameter, yellow petals surrounding a dark brown center. It blooms from May or June through August and grows two to three feet tall.

The Black-Eyed Susan and other flowers too numerous to count grow wild along Maryland’s interstate highways and country lanes. Blogs are writ by fools like me, but only God can make a flower. — Bernie Hayden

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