Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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Spring is upon us!

25 March

I know the ground is still brown since the snow melted.  However, when you see the Winter Aconite and Early Crocus in the home gardens,  the buds of the Hepatica are showing above the leaf litter.  That means the cloak of the Bloodroot will be peeping up above ground as soon as some spring rains awaken it.  Then Spring Beauty and Dutchmen’s Breeches can’t be far behind.

It is nearly April and we have had a cooler and drier than average March, so things are off to a slow start.  That could mean a longer viewing season for the spring ephemerals.  Or we could get a week of unseasonably warm weather and everything will bloom at once.

Watch the rain and temperatures and get out on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, the many trails in Pine Haven or City Forest  or Veterans Memorial Park or on the trails of Chippewa Nature Center and the Little Forks Conservancy properties.  Look for the gems of Spring.  Remember to take only pictures as these beauties need to propagate quickly to ensure survival.

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