|CLUSTER OF BLOOMS|
|CREEPING PHLOX IN OLD CEMETARY ON HWY. 2...|
|...IN LAWN ON 11TH AND WILSON AVE.|
Wild cherries are blooming now along with the Juneberries. We have the pin cherry, the choke cherry, and the sand cherry, all shrubs or small trees, and the black cherry, a large tree of the deciduous forest. They are edible but seldom used except occasionally for jams and jellies, but all make excellent wild life food.
The pin cherry, pictured above, is a familiar small tree of woods edges and roadsides. Its red, sour cherries have a single stone, and ripen in July or early August. An easy way to distinguish cherry blossoms from other white flowers is that the yellow, pollen bearing stamens are held high above the petals of the flowers. Close up, Junebrerry (Amelanchier) and cherry flowers are quite dissimilar, but from a distance they can be confusing, in spring all blooming together on the edge of woods and fields.
Creeping Phlox, Phlox stolonifera, are blooming now in gardens. Native to the eastern US, it is known mostly as a garden plant. Occasionally it will escape into a lawn, where it will survive mowing and look spectacular. One is very lucky when it does so, as it is next to impossible to establish it there on purpose.