Thursday, May 6, 2010

Peak wildflowers?

For me, it's hard to define the peak moment for spring wildflowers in Kalamazoo. The season changes so quickly, as the woodland plants race for light. The flowers of early May tend to be bigger and showier than the early spring ephemerals. White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) seems to be the poster child for Spring.

Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) is an annual, while most of the other spring wildflowers are perennials.

Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) send up stiff clusters of distinct flowers.

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) are another favorite.

The Celadine Poppies were so impressive that I couldn't resist posting another photo.

Peak, or not, it's certainly a good time for a stroll through the woods.

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