Paw Paw blooms

The paw paw trees are covered with blooms this year. Even trees with small diameter trunks have more blooms than they can possibly produce fruit. If only ten percent of the blooms produce fruit, there would be more fruit than in any of the previous seven years. The following pictures show the mass of purple blooms which are about one inch in diameter.

And, the first tick of Spring arrived on April 11, can Summer be far behind?

First Easter flower, Spring – 2018

On February 28 the first greenery of flower leaves poked up above the leaf mulch along the fence line. Then on March 15 the first Easter flower bloomed.

And many of its neighbors were about to bloom.

Only a few days later on March 18 that single flower had lots of company.

Many of the other flowers along the fence are awake and growing.

Cover Test Strips

Various seeds were sown in test strips to see how they grow.  In the following picture the strips from right to left are:

– Buckwheat (already dropped blooms)

–  Pearl Millet

– Sunflowers

–  Sudangrass

– flax(hidden behind the sudangrass)

The shorter flax is hidden by the row of sudangrass. Here is a picture of the pretty blue flax blooms:

All test strips were sown on July 12. The buckwheat started blooming after 30 days. After 59 days the sunflowers were in peak bloom.

and the butterflies, bees, etc were all around

Here is the strip of pearl millet.

 

Here is the strip of buckwheat after the blooms are gone.

 

More Weeds

The previous posting on weeds showed weeds blooming in Summer and Fall. This posting shows weeds blooming early in the year – March, April, and May.

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Easter Flowers in February

There is one group of easter flowers that always bloom a week or two before the others. This year the first blooms came out on February 28, 2017, as the following photo shows. Although I thought that was early, I found a picture of the same flowers from last year that was dated March 7, 2016.


And, as the following photo shows the elderberries are also leafing out.