Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wildflower season continues

Kalamazoo's wildflowers continue despite a mostly cold and rainy week. Dutchman's Breeches were at their peak. New blooms included Toothwort, Trillium, and Blue-Eyed Mary. Hepatica blooms were gone and their new leaves had emerged. Bloodroot seemed well past its peak. Marsh Marigold were still very colorful but the ratio of old blossoms to unopened buds was high. Spring Beauty seemed to have disappeared but the flowers were just closed-up on a cold afternoon.

Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) is Dutchman's Breeches' less-whimsical cousin.

A few, early Trillium were almost fully open.

Wild Phlox (Phlox divaricata) buds were still tightly furled but they'll blossom soon.

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