Aspect: NW, woodland on the floodplain
Soils: River deposits…very sandy and silty loam
Bedrock: metasiltstone, feldspathic metasandstone, and quartzite
Conditions: 11:00am -12:30 pm. Clear, sunny and 75 degrees F
On Easter morning we took a family hike along the Rivanna, in one of the richest groves of wildflowers known to the Piedmont. Our curious clan of toddlers, kids, and kid-adults marched through the riparian woodlands…upon a landscape of rich riverine sands and loams. This blanket of soil and plant richness is spread out upon ancient bedrock….bedrock made of the silts and sands of an ancient river and bay that that drained landscapes that were totally devoid of plants.
Now these old sandstones give their sands to a new river, the Rivanna. The earth recycles again and again…sands to rock, rock to sands…again and again.
The following is a list of plants we observed among the fields of spring beauty and trout lily. They are listed in relative order of abundance.
May Apple (unbloomed)
Bellwort (buds only)
Golden Ragwort (buds only)
Trees and shrubs
Ashleaf maple (Boxelder)
Other (including non-native invasives)