Spring flowers in the woods are mostly found during the time between melting snow and growth of leaves on the trees. Most of the flowers have already been formed in the plant during the fall and need only a few warm days in spring to open in bloom. The buds of trees for next year's growth mature in early summer.
In summer the trees are in full leaf, and their nuts and other fruits are ripening. Very little light reaches the ground, and except for open brooks or clearings, there are almost no plants in flower.
Seasons in the Woods
Part of Hall of New York State Environment.