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A Walk in the Woods

Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal Mildness! Come.  James Thomson   Spring seems to have finally arrived–at least for this week. March/April flowers just started to bloom the last weekend in April:     Spring Beauty and Toothwort Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is common in woodlands. Clusters of tiny,  pink striped, white petaled flowers form a bountiful […]

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Spring-flowering Native Trees

Spring-flowering Native Trees  The Chinese magnolias and crabapples are lovely in blossom in the spring, but I prefer our native ornamental trees, usually in bloom in late April or early May, that are blossoming now. Four ducks on a pond A grass bank beyond A blue sky of spring White clouds on the wing. William […]

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Returning Birds

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtles is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11-12   2ND WEEK IN MARCH Returning Birds   In 1948, Paul Müller of […]

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More Spring Woodland Wildflowers

More Spring Woodland Wildflowers The emerging purple stems of the Blue Cohosh (Cauliphyllum thalictroides) are notable, while the early yellow flowers are rather insignificant.  It follows closely on the heels of the woodland anemones mentioned in my last post.  It grows in similar circumstances, in rich woodlands, frequently on north-facing slopes.         […]

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Spring Begins

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins. Algernon Charles Swinburne Spring Begins March is the drabbest month of the year in the Midwest.  The snow has melted revealing vast expanses of brown grass and a winter’s accumulation of trash that’s been hidden beneath […]

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