The Ridgefield Conservation published a very useful checklist of wildflowers found in Ridgefield. Please feel free to print this checklist and share with others!
It is a great time to prune some of your ornamentals and then bring them inside to force in vases.
Put branch filled vases near sunny windows and watch the buds swell, some will be leaves and some will bloom. Just remember to slice off some of the bark on the end of your branches. If my vase is not glass then I just hammer the ends of the branches, messy but quick. This helps the branch to absorb the water. Branch out and try different blooms. Here is a list that can be forced (I have not tried them all):
Jack Saunders Talk on wild flowers was great. If you would like to add some of these lovely flowers to you garden I know of two places to look. The first is McClure and Zimmer, catalogue and online Flowerbulb Brokers. I have bought many of the plants he mentioned from this site and they are reputable. I reviewed
their catalogue and they have the following that were mentioned in Jack's talk:
The other place to look is at the sale at the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community college. I have not tried this but I have heard that it also sells many of these flowers. Their website is nativeplantcenter.org. Happy Hunting
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