Month: April 2014

Spring Flowers at Red Rock Regional Park

Puppy and I went for a short hike at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg. What a perfect day for a springtime wildflower walk! Spring Beauties were absolutely carpeting the forest floor – so lovely.  We also saw some bluets (Houstonia caerulea), also known as Quaker Ladies. My bluet iphone photos didn’t turn out so well, so I’m including…

Trail Mix: Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque

Located at mile 27.5 of the W&OD Trail (at the intersection of the W&OD and Ashburn Road), Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque provides a yummy resting stop for bikers, joggers, and other trail users. The restaurant is located directly adjacent to the trail, and is very trail-user friendly, with bike racks and plenty of outdoor seating. A typical weekend day finds Carolina…

A subtle spring beauty

I don’t normally think of maple trees as having showy flowers, but as I looked out my back window, I was stuck by the colorfully blooming red maple tree outside.  The tree will start leafing out soon, but in the meantime, I was able to get a good view of the flowers, with the little winged vwhirligig seeds (samaras) already…

Bluebells!!!

The bluebells are starting to bloom at Riverbend Park.  Spring is really here!  The Fairfax County Park Authority’s blog provides some interesting information on bluebells, trillium, and other spring ephemeral wildlflowers.  Allison Gillespee shared some great bluebell blooming spots in Montgomery County, Md and tips for planting bluebells in your own backyard – evidently bluebells are pretty easy to grow.  I…