According to the Farmer's Almanac "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" indicating the big transition into spring. This March has been like a pendulum swinging from extreme highs to lows asking us to adapt to the unpredictable nature of things. Native plants have evolved to adapt to these wild fluctuations. As I type the wind has been howling as another front comes in but already the first blooms of spring are long gone!
Only when traveling the highways can you see the blush of Acer rubrum or Red Maple as these trees color up to draw the honeybees out of hibernation. Red maples tolerate moist conditions so they are often called swamp maples. Since New Jersey is such a water rich state with so many lakes, ponds, rivers and tributaries, it is promising to see this first sign of spring practically anywhere you go. Typically one does not associate flowers with trees but those who suffer from allergies know this as the wind that kicks up is spreading all of that pollen. So enjoy the wild winds that blow because they are an integral way that life marches on!