Wildflower Walk

Barney knew the woods as a book and he taught their lore and craft to Valancy. Valancy learned the different fairy-likenesses of the mosses–the charm and exquisiteness of woodland blossoms. She learned to know every bird at sight and mimic its call–though never as perfectly as Barney.   -L. M. Montgomery

It was a lovely walk. I focused on the abundant springtime wildflowers, eagerly scanning every hollow, ravine, and tucked away spot on the forest trail. His gaze was upward, his ear listening intently to the trilling of the birds. As a result, we both came away richer in the sharing of each other’s hunt.

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Spring Beauty: it grows from an underground tuber similar to a small potato.

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Marsh Marigold: Latin family name is Ranunculacae, which means it is found where frogs live.

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Large Flowered Trillium: showy flowers easily identified by their 3 large leaves and white petals.

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Wild Geranium: If you look closely at the leaves and flowering stems, you will find them covered with white hairs.

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Jack-in-the-pulpit: if you look under the “hood” of the flower, you can find the “jack” inside.

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Jack-in-the-pulpit: Look for a 3-parted leaf on the end of a single long stem. Under the leaf, you might find this unusual flower.

 

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Great Horned Owlet poking his head out, looking for his mama that was several trees away.

 

 

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fluffy gosling and protective parent

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in front of a wild crabapple tree in bloom

 

I would highly recommend some local authors if you’re a novice who’s interested in identifying wildflowers in western Michigan. The book is called “Spring Wildflower Scavenger Hunt” by Barb Beck and Judy Bergman. By choosing a local book, the information and tips are very relevant.

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3 Responses to Wildflower Walk

  1. Lora says:

    Was the quote from Blue Castle? I think rambles in te woods arevery therapeutic. I need to do that more often! Even checking out our little woods with the kids is fun. I would like to plant native flowering plants in our woods (that deer don’t like)

  2. nancynurse86 says:

    Lovely! I’ve seen many of those same wildflowers here. I picked a bouquet of marsh marigolds – so cheerful! Boy do they suck up a lot of water! So cool that you saw that owlet poking his head out!

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