It's that time of year when we're all eagerly anticipating warmth and lush greenery. To mark the official start of spring two very different plants are on the scene to cheer us on: Snowdrops and Skunk cabbage.
Both plants are ephemeral and disappear by summer but that's where the similarities end. One is a bulb from Europe most commonly found in cultivated gardens while the other is native to North America in wet and mucky woodlands.
Skunk cabbage is wondrous in that it generates its own heat, literally melting through frozen ground! When in bloom it attracts the earliest of pollinators by releasing a carrion-like odor.