A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 76 – Kerria japonica

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“Kerria japonica” – Spring 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Taken as the sun was rising over the houses on Braddock Avenue… The shrubs are located right at the entrance to the park…

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

I needed an easy plant today… So I chose a shrub… We are creeping closer to the final ten-day countdown and I need to organize… It’s looking like my hopes of ending on the same plant I started with are not looking good… I will start searching later this week/weekend… I may also go and check the Skunk Cabbage in Frick Park… I might just get lucky…

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Kerria… A genus consisting of a single species… Kerria japonica…  My first contact with this deciduous shrub was last summer in Frick Park… I had walked past them before… But this was the first time I had noticed it in bloom… Truly a stunning shrub… An early spring bloomer… If I remember right it blooms right after the Forsythia… I will take note this year…

When I am out looking for wildflowers to photograph… I look for color…  The forest trends toward a single color depending on the time of year… Its kind of like if you squint your eyes everything becomes one shade… Well the forest is just like that… Slight changes in color are what I look for… My girlfriend will be the first to tell you I can pick out the smallest flowers from what she considers a “ridiculous” distance… I guess that would be one of my superpowers if I was a comic book character… Yeah… Take that Superman…

Also interesting… Early spring wildflowers are typically found on the South and East facing slopes in the forest… Summer and Late Summer are typically found on the North and South slopes… Just something I noticed last year…

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If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerria_(plant)

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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Please excuse my notes…

PawPaw – Strat start-10/31/2013-End-3/1/2014-Plant-3/3/2014X60-3/5/2014X60

Chestnut – Start strat-10/31/2013-End-3/1/2013-Plant-3/5/2014X60

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