Spring is bursting forth on Ohio's landscape.
|A vernal wetland provided ample sight and sound.|
I had traveled to Bath for a Lake Erie and Allegheny Partnership (LEAP) meeting. LEAP is a consortium of land trusts, parks, and educational organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring biodiversity. It is supported by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where there is an active staff who provides leadership for LEAP. (Thanks Renee!)
|Akron U. has a field Study center at Bath Nature Preserve.|
|Cornus mas, (Cornelian cherry) in full flower.|
The attractive yellow buds on a nearby tree beckoned to me from across the parking lot. We now know them to be the four petaled flowers of a tree in the Dogwood family. This is the non-native Cornelian cherry or Cornus mas.
|Cornelian cherry trees|
This brings me to the annual "Native Plants of the Year" cards LEAP produces. They are an excellent mini-guide to three native Ohio plants you can incorporate into your landscape. Look for the Flora-Quest display at up coming events, and I will be glad to share these free cards with you.
Don't you think Ohio otter offer a license like this?
That is a message we can really get behind. HONK, HONK!!