Coltsfoot started blooming three days ago on the Rose Bank. This is the first flower in my garden and this year it is much earlier than usual. I wrote about Coltsfoot’s properties as a medicinal herb here on April 17 in 2009. Coltsfoot is also known as Coughwort and is known as a remedy for coughs and other respiratory ailments across several culture.
I wrote about it as a wildflower here last year on April 26. I wonder – can a plant be an herb AND a wildflowers at the same time? Don’t know but I welcome those early dandelion-like flowers.
My pussy willow grows in such a wet spot that I didn’t get to it until yesterday to take a photo. It has been pussied up for so long now that it is just beginning to turn green at the base.
While I have daffodil shoots coming up I was amazed and delighted to see daffs blooming along the side of the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont yesterday and in Greenfield I saw magnolias, forsythia, scillas and more daffs in bloom. I can see leaf buds growing fat and green on lilacs – visible even from the car. Spring is coming at breakneck speed. Will it last?
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Isn’t spring grand! It is so hot here it feels like late May instead of late March.
Lisa – Yesterday the temperature went over 80! Very strange. But it is cooler today.
Sure a plant can be both a wildflower and an herb!
I love seeing those first few welcome and glorious hints of spring. Yes, we DO have a spring here in California too. My figs and grapes had leaves like tight baby fists last week. Now they’re open hands. I am so happy for renewed life.
All joys to you,
Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island
Sharon – My lilac leaf buds are getting fatter ever minute.
I just got home from a three day trip and found the serviceberry in bloom. The crabapple looks like it will pop in a week or less. Virginia bluebells, bleeding heart and brunnera are just on the brink of blooming. It makes me feel almost sad – like the spring flower displays will be here and gone before I have a chance to really appreciate them. Of course, it doesn’t help I have to travel so much this time of year.