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Friday, March 2, 2018

Early Signs of Spring

Great Purple Hairstreak on Elbowbush (Forestiera pubescens), one
of the earliest plants to bloom, often beginning in February.
A blooming Missouri Violet (Viola missouriensis) is a sure sign
that spring has arrived!
Two-Flower Anemone (Anemone edwardsiana) blooms from February
to April, and prefers the tall grassy banks of moist, shaded canyons.
The yellow blooms of Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) appear in
February and March, and eventually form edible red
berries relished by humans and wildlife alike.
In late February and early March, one can often hear flocks
of Sandhill Cranes honking overhead as they make
their way north with the warming weather.
A Juniper Hairstreak sips nectar from the blooms of
an Elbowbush, which is also a favorite plant of native bees.
Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis L. var. texensis) has clusters
of flowers that appear in early spring before the leaves emerge.
One of the earliest butterflies to appear in spring, Henry's Elfin
utilizes the Texas Redbud as one of its host plants.
Nothing heralds the smell of spring like the heady scent of a
blooming Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)!  This small tree is a
must for any pollinator garden.
The Falcate Orangetip is a true springtime butterfly, on the wing
as early as March.