TRR photos by Sandy Long

A blaze of bright yellow along regional roadways at this time of year typically signals the presence of the cheerful flowers of coltsfoot. This sunny bloomer favors gravelly roadsides and waste places. Flowers precede the appearance of leaves thought to resemble a colt’s foot.

Harbingers of spring

Much to our collective relief, the local landscape is brightening with color as spring sweeps her painterly brush across the lackluster view we became accustomed to while wintry weather lingered a little too long.

The bright yellows of forsythia blossoms, dandelions, coltsfoot and trout lilies are welcome punctuations of possibility against the dessicated browns and subdued greys of the bleached and brittle leaf litter all around.

Glowing greens of false hellebore and May apple are reminders that spring continues to evolve toward its full expression in the summer landscape.

Take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about our regional flora during the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s upcoming Native Plants Walk on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The educational hike will take place at the privately owned Milford Experimental Forest in Pennsylvania, and will traverse moderately steep terrain. Participants will be guided through various forest types including a deer exclosure and demonstration chestnut planting. Native and invasive plant species will be identified.

There is no cost to attend, but prior registration is required. Call 570/226-3164, ext. 6 or email to reserve a space and receive directions.


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