Spring has arrived, slowly but surely. This has been a perfect spring season for me as I have been able to keep up with changes in the garden over the last month. Many wildflowers are blooming and now is the perfect time to start visiting the gardens at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.[lightbox link=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/trillium_grandiflorum.great_white_wakerobin-cu.jpg” thumb=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/trillium_grandiflorum.great_white_wakerobin-cu-150×150.jpg” width=”150″ align=”right” title=”” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=””] [lightbox link=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/claytonia_virginica.spring_beauty3-flower-e1488300374130.jpg” thumb=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/claytonia_virginica.spring_beauty3-flower-150×150.jpg” width=”150″ align=”left” title=”” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=””]Of course, some of the earliest flowers like snow wakerobin, bloodroot, twinleaf and Oconee bells have already gone by, but new flowers are emerging daily and there is a lot to see. Spring wildflowers are not about large showy swaths of color across the garden, it is more about the secret surprises that you come across every few steps. Wildflowers in spring are small and fleeting, but there is always something new to see. Over the next few weeks we will build to a spectacular show of so many plants blooming, you will have to look closely to see them all
Peak bloom in our gardens usually lasts from mid-May through mid-June. Most wildflowers bloom for anywhere from a week to a full month, so you can imagine the changes that will occur. The cool moist weather is good to slow things down. Hot humid weather causes flowers to bolt, that is, they open quickly and wither just as fast. Right now I expect our yellow lady’s slippers to be in full bloom around the 20th of May. This is always a popular time to visit our gardens. Of course, at this time of year it is hard to be disappointed by any of the wildflowers blooming.[lightbox link=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/caltha_palustris.marsh_marigold.jpg” thumb=”http://norcrosswildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/caltha_palustris.marsh_marigold-150×150.jpg” width=”150″ align=”right” title=”” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=””]
Feel free to check our bloom list which is usually posted every Friday to see what flowers are blooming. The list (tries to) contains plants at the very beginning, peak, and end of bloom and can be helpful if you are looking for a particular plant to see.