|The Red Maple in front of my house|
Oh a completely different note here is a fun botany fact. Do you know why the Red Maple is called the Red Maple? It wasn't until I became a plant nerd and talked incessantly at people about trees that I learned that many people think it is because the leaves turn red in the Autumn. Truth is, not every Red Maple has red leaves. It is because the flower buds are red in the Spring! You can see them in the photo.
I got out of work an hour early today so I went on a mini-hike in Fairmount Park with my dog. I guess I shouldn't say that nothing has happened this Spring, because the cherries are starting to flower. And yeah, I guess Washington DC has that whole "Cherry Trees are Awesome" thing on lock, but Kelly Drive is quite beautiful when the cherries come out.
The spring weeds are starting to bloom. Especially the Lesser Caladine (Ranunculus ficaria), which is such a noxious weed, but is SO SO PRETTY.
|Horribly invasive plant. Such a pretty flower.|