Checked out the bottom of the canyon today as an advance scout for the upcoming field trip. Things are looking great and I regret not doing an early walk there for the group.
Carolina spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana), trout lilies (Erythronium americanum), and three toothworts (Cardamine angustata, C. concatenata, & C. dissecta) were all in spectacular bloom. Good enough that you may want to alter you Sunday afternoon plans if you lve close enough to drop by.
Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) and spurred violet (Viola rostrata) also were in fine blooming form. Common blue violet (V. sororia) was blooming well in spots and Canada violet (V. canadensis) was just beginning to bloom. Green violet (Hybanthus concolor) was out of the ground but not blooming.
The decumbent trillium (Trillium decumbens) were blooming with many still just getting started and T. cuneatum was in bud but not flower.
Many of the plants we will see in nice bloom on April 9th were beginning to bloom in spots. The warm weather of late winter has them going a bit early this year. The larkspurs (Delphinium tricorne) are not blooming but are up and look to be primed to give a nice show in three weeks.