Today we went for a 2 mile walk in West Fairmount Park and have observed some of the blooms. The Alleys of cherry trees were blooming beautifully. We walked the brand new trail at the horticultural center. May apples and Trout Lily were coming up. Some of the Trout lily were about to bloom!
Amelanchier canadensis blooming in cultivation at the native plant park.
We are very excited about the new trail and all of the restoration work done at the horticultural center ravine . Pictured above is a Trout Lily there that is about to bloom!
Covering the hillsides on the upper trail behind Valley Green. This was on Saturday, April 6th. We found some being crowded by lesser Celandine, which we pulled up around the plants, as illustrated below.
The amazing volunteer crew worked hard and smart and created great signage making the experience interesting and enjoyable for visitors. The inclined trails were covered in pine straw reducing slipping hazards and giving them a luxurious appearance. the lower trail has become too muddy with all the rain and has been roped off. There has been a lot of attention paid to the many species of trees, shrubs, vines, orchids and wildflowers on the preserve. Owls could be heard hooting as well as peeping frogs. You may want to bring a magnifying lens to get a great view of the blooming orchids and to see the trout lilies up close. They come in many unique shapes! Please try to be careful and not trample the flowers!