NOW is it Spring?

by Carl Strang

There seems to be some impatience in the Eurasian component of our flora. Earlier I documented dandelions blooming in the first week of January. Yesterday I ran across this bit of green at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

Light was poor, so I wasn’t able to get a sharp photo. These are newly expanding leaves in a little clump of tartarian honeysuckle.

All the buds on these 2-foot plants were green. I am guessing that this little tuft of stems has doomed itself. If only all their local congeners would follow suit! There was nothing special I could see about this shrub’s location. It was in a low-quality woodland, and surrounded by other honeysuckles more sensible about the season.

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