Spring is here! Bright pinks, oranges, and yellows dance in the branches of trees and in yards throughout Tennessee. In the last few days, I have spotted flowering eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), many varieties of daffodil (Narcussus spp), cherry blossoms (Prunus), Bradford pear (Prunus calleryana), Magnolia, and more. However, I did not expect to find the most vibrant display of plant life at my very feet – in the lawns around Sewanee.
These nearly microscopic plants cover every inch of lawn, flourishing in the sunlight and fertilized soil. The majority of lawn plants are hardy introduced species – from these images, I can spot dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), white clover (Triandrus repens), deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta), mock strawberry (Duchesnea indica), chickweed (Stellaria media) and speedwell (Veronica sp).