A lot of my native plants are flowering! Some of them, like the Coltsfoot shown above, always flower early on and this year is no exception. This patch started as one or two plants a few years ago and it is slowly spreading out.
Closeup, the Coltsfoot flowers are beautiful.
About three feet away is this Salmonberry bush. I never planted it- it volunteered about 5 years ago!
It is also blooming right now. Last year was the first time I saw flowers on it, so I’m not sure whether it normally blooms this early or not. This is one of my favorite plants. According to Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link (p. 261):
Berries are eaten by finches, wrens, bushtits, thrushes, robins, towhees, grouse, pheasants, and quail. Coyotes, bears, raccoons, chipmunks, and squirrels eat the berries, and leaves are browsed by deer and rabbits. It is one of the first blooming plants visited by hummingbirds and it also attracts bumblebees.
Other than the bears, I’d welcome all of those animals to my yard (and almost all are seen by me from time to time).
Looking down into our ravine, there are other natives flowering. See the large leafy plants with some yellow spots? Those are skunk cabbage, another early flowering native.
Also a few feet away from the Coltsfoot are these two natives- Waterleaf and Fringecups. I regularly see bees drinking up the Waterleaf flower nectar. Usually our Fringecups don’t last long- I think deer come by and eat the flowers.
One more look down in the ravine shows a row of Sword Ferns and a stand of Indian Plum beyond them. Indian Plum grows like a weed throughout my yard, and I love it! For a nice article on this early bloomer, check out a great article on the Metropolitan Field Guide.