Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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More Spring flowers

08 May

As the Birches and Oaks begin to bloom, we start to see more spring flowers.  Along mile 3 and in Averill Preserve, the Pussy Toes have started to bloom.  These mat forming colonies are enchanting and since the seed heads are as hairy as the flowers, they continue to live up to their name for several weeks.


At the Arbutus Bog, some of the Arbutus is beginning to make itself apparent among the prolific Winter Green foliage.  The blueberries are blooming and the mats of Sphagnum moss are shiny and green.  If you see Arbutus blooming, let us know.  They are gone so quickly, they are easy to miss.

trailing arbutus

On mile 9 and 10 and again on mile 3, the pink/purple flowers of Fringed Polygala or Gaywings are appearing.  Early Meadow Rue is making flower buds and Spring Beauties and Wild Ginger are carpeting many areas.  In some cooler areas on mile 9, there are still isolated groups of Bloodroot blooming.  fringed polygala2      Fringed Polygala3

Most of the Dutchmen’s breeches are finished and the Wood Anemones are taking over the burden of carpets of bloom.  These small white flowers create a carpet of white over green and purple whorled leaflets.  They are so numerous in some areas that you miss the occasional Gaywing or other flower among them.

wood anemone    wood anemone

The Apple and Crabapple trees are spectacular now. The long racemes of Black Cherry flowers are starting to appear as the last blooms of the Serviceberry (Juneberry) drop.

More to come! This is the most exciting time of the bloom calendar!

4 Responses to “More Spring flowers”

  1. Sherry Kalina May 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Your blog is very informational. I, too, have a wildflower area. The spring Anenome is blooming but it is yellow.Have I misidentified it or is there a yellow type? Also In mine the Trillium is blooming. Have you seen any one the trails or in the parks?
    You go girl!

    • Judy Page May 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

      Great blog Gina,

      We are looking forward to getting out on the trail again this spring. The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful state to visit but I am ready to enjoy the wildflowers of mid Michigan. Your blog makes it even more inviting.

  2. Janet Hickman May 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Gina, thank you so much for posting the new pictures. I still love checking the blog and seeing some of the best of what’s happening in Midland!

  3. Nancy Stark Higgins May 15, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Hi again. I think the blood root is very particular where it blooms. I used to have it but its disappeared. Howard Garrett had a very large patch of the plant where he lived down our street but for some reason, it just didn’t survive in my yard. I forgot to show you the Jack-in-the-pulpit yesterday. I planted the seed pod from last year and now I have 4 sprouts coming.

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