One of my most favorite harbingers of Spring is the White Fawn Lily (Erythornium oregonum) that grows near my home. Each year I keep an eye out as I drive down the lane, searching for these shy little flowers in the fields. I don’t have any (that I’ve found so far) on my parcel of land but the neighbor has a dearth, ready for photographing (and a bunch that I KNOW are sprinkled in with the poison oak, so I avoid those like the plague!). These, along with the trillium and wild iris sprouting up, let me know it’s definitely Spring in my neck of the woods. Hooray! With luck I’ll be able to snap some photos of the trillium and iris too later this week.
And our vine maples – over the weekend they were budding leaves nicely then just yesterday with a brief 80-degree heat wave most of those buds have spread into that gorgeous tender green of new leaves. Gorgeous. Our wild cherry trees have finally bloomed too and the hostas are peaking up from the soil. The robins are busily foraging for worms in our lawn, the chipmunks are busily gathering deer food (and driving my dog CRAZY with chipmunk-lust when they sit on the rocks and chirp at her – but she’s not fast enough to catch them, oh no, and I’ve watched them multiple times take off in the opposite direction as she has her nose buried in the rocks in the last place she saw them…), the band-tail pigeons seem to be passing through again, and the deer mamas are growing noticeably rounder with new life (boy can I relate to that!).