First Sunday in the Park — Springtime Wildflowers.
This month the First Sunday in the Park event was a walk in Cherry Hill Preserve with Sarah Roberts looking for Spring Wildflowers and other new spring growth in the woods. The first wildflowers we saw were field of small white and pink Spring Beauties. We then passed some Sensitive Ferns. Sarah showed us the May Apple plants and told us to look for the flower buds. I actually found one where the flower had opened. We were told that the May Apples are spread by Box Turtles. I used to find Box Turtles in my back yard. We then found some Jack in the Pulpit plants and flowers. We also saw some Dogwood trees with flowers, and small Violets. Lots of other trees. Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.
I added an electric fence to the top of the garden tower. It didn’t initially bother the raccoon. I also placed a copper cover over the compost tube connected to the electric fence. Movie recorded with an Arlo Pro security camera. That got the raccoon’s attention. Need to do the same for the other two garden towers.
Raccoons got into the composting tube of my Tower Garden again. Infrared videos taken with a Distianert “Critter Cam”. The cactus plant I put on top of the cover to the composting tube didn’t bother the raccoon. It may be time to set up the electric fence this year.
Several varieties of Daffodils are in bloom. The deer ignore the daffodils. I found a couple of Grape Hyacinths (muscari). It looks like the deer nibble on the green leaves, but leave the flowers. I am not sure where they come from as I don’t remember planting these. There are also wild violets in the lawn all through the backyard. Way back from the house is a tree covered with small white flowers. I think it is a Bradford pear tree. I didn’t see any bees near the flowers? My Plum tree is about to bloom, and the Japanese Maple tree is turning bright red. I assembled a Garden Tower to plant Herbs and Vegetables up on the patio (hopefully away from the deer). I also moved the cactus that have spent the winter inside the house out onto the patio.