spring sprung

Aronia arbutifolia, Red Chokeberry, on March 12 – blooming two weeks earlier than last year…
And two weeks earlier than last year for budbreak for Diospyros virginiana, American Persimmon, as well.

And phenology anomaly. In SE NC, it’s weird when strawberries bear fruit in February.  Almost all of the species one expects to see in flower or courting regalia around April are already there, getting a head-start on what is looking to be a looong summer.

Here’s an early bird spring sampler from suburbia.

Female Eastern Tailed Blue, Cupido comyntas, on Common Chickweed. Stellaria media.
This Ruby-throated Hummingbird was taking a break from adjacent Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. (banner photo.)

Is this our  future? Check out this essay from the New York Times.




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