The spring wildflowers at Birchbank Mountain are opening up just in the nick of time for our "Trillium Hike" this Sunday at 1:00 pm (click link for exact parking location). Peak spring wildflower season is generally the same time as opening fishing (3rd Saturday in April) or Tax Day (April 15), sometime earlier and sometimes later. An unusually cold March set things back, but after a few warmer days the flowers are really starting to pop.
|Dutchman's Breeches carpet the forest floor|
|Trillium almost in bloom|
Trout Lily is supposedly called that because it blooms around opening fishing day. Which is in three days, so that's about right.
Dutchman's Breeches really are the star of the show. They are one of the most delicate wildflowers of the woods, names after the really wide trousers Dutch sailors were known to wear.
Birchbank Mountain is a good place to collect edible invasive species. Japanese Knotweed is harvested as the spears come out of the ground and used in place of rhubarb. It's been made into "Itadori Tea" for thousands of years. See more here.
|Dutchman's Breeches and Trillium|
The invasive plants are competing with the native wildflowers, so by eating the invasives you also help out the native wildflowers.