The Butterbur has been unfurling for the last couple of weeks and the pinkish flowers have been providing a snack for the wandering bumble bees. At this time of year all the bumble-bees look big and seem to be quartering the ground. While they are looking for food these are queens who have emerged from hibernation and are searching for a nest site. This is usually a dry underground hollow, a mouse burrow is a particular favorite.

ToothwortToothwortAnother good food for the queen bees is toothwort that is out beside the path of the west side of the Cart. This parasitic plant feeds on the roots of trees, in this case sycamore. Two years ago it was a full month behind and did not appear until the end of April.

 

 

CelandineAnenomeThe buttercup-like Lesser Celandine is just beginning its spectacular show under the trees. At first glance, the flower looks like a buttercup but the petals are thinner and more widely spaced as if it is stretching itself out to say “notice me!”

 

AnenomeThe Wood Anemone is appearing in woods just up from Snuffmill bridge. This is one of my favorite flowers as the white petals look so fragile and the golden stamens seem ruffled in the middle. It is an indicator that this wood has been here for a long time. These plants only set seeds once or twice every couple of decades when the conditions over spring and early summer are just right. Most of the flowers you see have spread by shoots and runners and this is a slow process. So this ephemeral springtime flower in Linn is older than you and also probably your grandparents.