|The leaf tip can be seen to the left of the flowers.|
Sweet violets are Another nice perennial species. They happily colonize large patches of ground without being intrusive or overwhelming, topping out at three or four inches. On warm days, they omit a strong scent, but it's good! Bees like the flowers.
|Ranunculus sp., possibly the Western Buttercup|
A relative of Ranunculus, it is not hard to imagine the relation when looking at the two pictures above. Unlike Ranunculus, Anemone blanda is not toxic to bees. There has been debate as to whether they produce nectar at all, and it will take observation of bee behavior on the flowers to determine this.
|Viola and Muscari|
Leaves and seedlings of the fawn lilies have begun to emerge. They take a few years before developing the intricate markings on the leaves. I can't help wonder if the colorations are a form of camouflage, disguising the leaves from deer or other herbivores. The mottling is different to the species in the American West, the leaves of which have mottling the appearance of splattered paint.
This group is close to my honeybees, so it will be interesting to see if they are interested in these for nectar or pollen, or both.
It is a good time of year to stare at the ground. I often find many surprises, mostly because I expect it to be winter, but the plants and animals are acting like it's spring.