Local Plants in February
Thanks to milder-than-normal weather, it has felt more like mid-spring than late-winter this February. Many trees and shrubs are flowering now, brightening our neighborhood and forests.
We did not know that we had a plum tree in our backyard until it bloomed last week. It is currently attracting many honeybees.
This indian plum at the forest's edge has many white flowers but few leaves.
These plants in the interior, however, are much greener. I'm guessing that light availability determines whether these plants devote resources to flowers or leaves.