Maybe it’s just out of desperation but the last few days I’ve been looking in earnest for that first spring wildflower.
Walking along the river below Griggs Dam, eyes intently focused on the ground, checking an area that in past years had been home to spring wildflowers, it seemed as thought someone or something was watching me.
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Then I spotted it, usually “it’s” a Dutchman’s Breeches or Marsh Marigold, but yesterday I got really excited when I spotted a new wildflower right next to some Snow Drops. The Snow Drops are a flower we’ve already seen in a few locations this spring. but this other guy, let’s see, yellow with six petals, not one I’ve seen before, and it’s just popped up through the leaf litter!
Soon after returning home, I was on the internet in an effort to identify this new flower. Hum . . . , it appears to be Winter Aconite, and it’s in a number of locations all the way north to Hudson Bay! How cool is that! But what what’s this . . . , “A garden plant that occasionally escapes into the wild and naturalizes.” My heart sank, but just a little bit, as this wasn’t the first time we’d found a beautiful “wild” flower only to discover that it wasn’t originally wild. A few years ago it was a Star of Bethlehem. And besides this little guy had managed to pop up through the leaf litter. That’s got to be worth something.
The Snow Drops that were paling around with my newly discovered “wild” flower.
Another “wild” flower from a few years back.