If temperatures rise to the 60s for a few days, Middle Spring Wildflower Season arrives with bluebells, twinleaf, bloodroot, small-flowered bittercress
and hepatica budding and then bursting into bloom.
Other, more visible, signs of spring are the flowers that are appearing, such as the dandelions, the scurvy-grass and bittercress
The wild one that looks like bittercress
is very strong.
, Spring Cress; All wetland types; Abundant; C = 4; BSUH 13662.
This is the time that wildflower season begins with early violet cress, twinleaf, periwinkle, spring beauty, hepatica and small-flowered bittercress
Top of my hate list is the tiny, innocuous-looking hairy bittercress
, Spring Cress; Moist meadow; Rare, but abundant in this meadow; C = 4; BSUH 13231.
But don't risk this if they're precocious seeders such as groundsel or hairy bittercress
Annual weeds such as groundsel, bittercress
and chickweed can be halted if you cut off their tops with a hoe before they seed.
, Spring Cress; Woods, first stretch of auto tour; Infrequent; C = 4; BSUH 11907.
Weeds suck the soil dry and rob precious plants of nutrients so keep your eyes peeled for offenders, and especially annuals such as chickweed and hairy bittercress
that set seed and spread like wildfire.
RUN a hoe through your borders to remove weeds such as bittercress
which despite the cold weather will grow to produce flowers and seed.
grows in borders, tubs and even in the lawn.
Common annual weeds in our gardens include chickweed, nettles, hairy bittercress
, groundsel and annual meadowgrass.
BITTER BOTHER: This looks like it's going to be an ideal season for the weed bittercress
, which turns up overnight.