Another sign of spring on the Eastern Shore is the departure of the Snow Geese. This flock appears to be gleaning a final meal from the field before they they begin their return journey to the Arctic tundra where they will spend the summer making new Snow Geese.
When I was on the Shore last weekend the Red Maples (Acer rubrum) were blooming and many other trees were growing their spring peach fuzz. The local Saucer and Star Magnolias (Magnolia soulangiana and M. stellata) were about two warm days away from opening. Closer to the ground Narcissus were in the early stages of opening up. The clump below is next to the marsh near my parents house at the site of an old home. All traces of the house are long gone but a rose-gone-wild and these Daffodils live on and have bloomed for at least 75 years.
Earlier this month I wrote about a not always welcome sign of spring, the blooming of Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). Last week it continued its flowering in the field next to my parents house, but so was a surprise plant to me. I am pretty sure this lovely is a Euphorbia and doesn't it look good growing among the Henbit and the corn stubble? The flowers were a brilliant acid green, it had red stems, the growth radiated out of a central point in the ground and it was only about 6" tall. I could be wrong, but I don't think this is a native, rather it is most likely an escapee. Does anyone know what species it may be, I would love to know?
Predictably a clump of this Euphorbia now has a home in my garden, and hopefully I got a piece without any Henbit in it.