Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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Get ready for flower explosion

04 April

After a very long winter with very odd weather, the thaw and spring rain, even mixed with snow, is a welcome site.  Vernal pools have formed in the woods and the ground is spongy as it thaws.  The buds of arbutus and hepatica are ready for some heat to display.  Dutchmen’s Breeches, Bloodroot and Spring Beauties won’t be far behind.  Trout Lilies and Early Meadow Rue will display along the trails and Blue Bead Lily, Bellwort, Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal will unfurl their foliage to produce flowers.  Gaywings will bloom among the Wintergreen. The tiny Gold Seal, Twin Leaf and Shooting Star will display their dainty and exquisite flowers.  Wild Ginger, Wood Strawberry, and the many colors of Violets will carpet the low areas. Wood Poppy and Virginia Bluebells will bloom happily and Wild Geranium and Canada Anemone will wave in the soft breezes.  Trillium and Jack in the Pulpit will astonish with their beauty.

Here are some of the flowers to enjoy and anticipate.  Walk the trails and enjoy the bounty of Nature this spring.

Sanguinaria canadensis     Erythronium americanum. Polygala paucifloia Arisaema triphyllum  Anemone canadensis


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