Yesterday while spraying invasive lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) I saw my first jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) breaking through the leaves. Here is a sketch of a jack from April 18th 2010 – almost a month later than the one I saw yesterday.
Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) was in flower here last week saw my first one on March 23 – here is a sketchbook painting of one from last year on April 26 – more than a month difference.
I was in
a few weeks ago and on March 15th I saw Dutchman’s britches (Dicentra cucullaria) and toadshade trillium (Trillium recurvatum) in flower – this sketch was done on April 8th 2010 a solid 3 weeks later compared to this year. Illinois