"First Flowers" mini-project

I'm starting a mini-project to document the first time each plant species flowers in my area. This includes both naturalized plants and landscape/garden plants, so long as the latter overwintered (and thus were affected by winter) or else were planted from seed. I am not including anything that was germinated inside (seed starts or plants purchased at a store) since they don't have as much of a story to tell about the winter. I am definitely including invasive species and other introduced species though.

I am only doing this in places I go nearly every day (home and the forest near where I work) so I don't miss things for very long.

If you would like to join in, please do! Just give the relevant observations the tag 'FirstFlowers'

Posted by charlie charlie, April 18, 2016 05:13 PM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

charlie

Date

March 31, 2016 06:12 PM EDT

Description

First flowers of the year. Will cold blast this weekend kill them?

Photos / Sounds

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What

plantainleaf sedge Carex plantaginea

Observer

charlie

Date

April 13, 2016 01:46 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

daffodils Genus Narcissus

Observer

charlie

Date

April 16, 2016 06:19 PM EDT

Description

probably were planted at some point, 'naturalized' in that they come back from year to year without any particular care. I should probably divide them or something. These are the little dwarf variety that are maybe 6 inches tall. Didn't see any pollinators on them yet.

Photos / Sounds

What

common dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

charlie

Date

April 18, 2016 12:43 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Carolina spring-beauty Claytonia caroliniana

Observer

charlie

Date

April 18, 2016 02:56 PM -05

Comments

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Hi Charlie, I love this idea. I keep trying to get better at identifying plants as they first show up and then watch how they develop.

Posted by chauncey over 1 year ago (Flag)
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I definitely find a lot of little seedlings and have no idea what they are, another fun use of iNaturalist is to document the little seedlings in a place you visit very often like your backyard, then come back and re document when they are bigger.

Posted by charlie over 1 year ago (Flag)

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