Monday, April 20, 2009

Mayflowers are in bloom!

For the last week or so I've been on the lookout for mayflowers, also known as trailing arbutus (the Massachusetts state flower, too, by the way) but they are harder and harder to find. Their tough, sort of hairy leaves are easy to recognize but the plants hug the ground and the flowers are quite tiny. If you can get down to their level they have the most wonderful smell!

Yesterday we went walking in the Skunknett conservation area in Osterville and although there weren't too many blooming, we did find some of these lovely little signs of early spring. Personally I've always thought it was sort of amusing that mayflowers bloom in April, not May...

1 comment:

  1. They are lovely. I think that will each day of rain, new things are peeking through the remains of a New England winter.