travel, and what seemed to be nearly constant rain (as well as Saturday's snow). Last year, the wildflowers bloomed a full month earlier, so I was afraid I'd missed the start of the season. But, a quick visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center this afternoon, showed the 2013 season was just starting. The early ephemerals were in flower; the Hepatica may be near their peak and the Spring Beauty seemed to be just starting. Bloodroot was in flower. I even saw a few Harbinger of Spring with late blossoms, although most of them had gone to seed.
So far, this year seems similar to the 2011 wildflower bloom. If that pattern holds, a period of warm weather could cause a condensed season where everything blossoms within a few weeks. In any case, the next week or so should be a great time to visit some of the local wildflower hotspots or travel a bit to other wildflower spots in West Michigan.