Just a few hours shy of September and there is a fresh Mayapple growing at the end of Morris Park Road.
This is a plant associated with early Spring, usually it grows in March. Puzzling. Never have seen this before. We have watched the Mayapples wither away and go into dormancy this summer. The ones that have made it to fruit and have not been eaten will feed the Box turtles, who will then spread the seeds. A few remaining ones are to be found in the fenced-in yard, dropped to the ground, with their fruits laying up against the moist soil, rotting.
So to have a fresh Mayapple grow is a surprise. This will be a memorable sighting. Why? Has anyone else seen this before?
And in the past few days, fireflies (usually seen in June) have been active in the evening!
There have been some changes in the area this season. Numerous Norway Maples have been removed from the immediate area, as well as diseased Ash trees, all of which had provided shade for many years. The Norway Maples, an invasive species, was threatening the nearby high-quality forest, and the diseased Ash trees were threatening life and property.
Perhaps the changes in light conditions have resulted in these abnormalities. Please post any comments you may have about all of these developments in Morris Park. What do you think?