Buds and flowers are appearing in the forest. Male catkins are emerging on the california hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica), above. And, more excitingly, so are the bright red styles of female slowers.
Yep, hazel is monoecious (separate male and female flowers on the same individual plant). Last fall I blogged about hazelnut here.
Western coltsfoot (Petasites palmatus) is also emerging. The inflorescences look like little wrapped bouquets, don't they? Each of these rosy buds will stretch away from the stalk forming an umbel-like spike. Then they'll each open as a white "daisy."
Western coltsfoot next to my foot, for scale. The leaves can grow at least twice as large as the leaf shown.
And some of the willows (Salix spp.) are forming their silky catkins.
There are other things blooming in the forest. The Vaccinium ovatum has been at it for a while, and so has Claytonia sibirica.