May Flora

Japanese Honeysuckle is in bloom.

The first sign that honeysuckle is in bloom is the sight of Animal Keeper Erin with several of the blossoms projecting from her lips. She’s obviously very happy!

An exotic species, and an invasive one, Japanese Honeysuckle is still a favorite of many people for both its fragrance and taste.

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There’s no doubt that Japanese Honeysuckle crowds out other native plants. Can we, or should we, try to weed it out?

People either love Japanese Honeysuckle or they hate it. Here’s just one paper on the subject.

Mulberry is ripening and many birds are gulping down the berries as soon as they do.

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It’s not uncommon to see a Gray Catbird with a mulberry in its bill at this time of year. If you have a mulberry nearby, there’s sure to be a catbird in it.

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Snow in the Carolina Piedmont, in May!

No, it’s not snow. It’s seed dispersal in action. Since the first of April, the Black Willows in the Wetlands have been putting off their seeds. The seeds are covered with silky fibers which help carry them far and wide on the wind to germinate elsewhere.

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The silky seeds of Black Willow.

Visit Traveling Seeds in Catch the Wind to see how the seeds of various other trees disperse in the wind.

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