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Wildflower Update

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      April is the month when things begin happening in our woodland wildflower garden.  Usually the first forbs to send up green leaves are the wild leeks.  The cut-leaved toothworts, spring beauties and Dutchman's breeches usually follow with the Dutchman's breeches developing the first buds which will eventually become flowers.  A few days ago our hepaticas sent up shoots that opened into fully-formed flowers - the first to flower this spring.  Recently the Virginia bluebells, large-flowered trilliums, woodland phlox, celladine poppies, yellow trout lillies, blood root, wild columbine, wild geraniums, Solomon's seals, wild ginger and some of the ferns have been sending-up greenery.  Leaves of the Bishop's Cap, plantain-leaved sedge and the rue anemone remained green through the winter - now brightening up.  

      We were happy to see that the Prairie Moon Nursery seed sown late last year is sprouting throughout the middle and lower tiers.  Won't be long and we should be seeing a number of colorful blooms on mature/established forbs.  Will have to get some photos added to our site soon.  

- Jim Burns

Categories: Wildlife Way Journal

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Reply jimburns8727@gmail.com
9:39 AM on April 22, 2014 
Second Gen says...
What adverse effects have you had from the severe winter or has the choice of varieties native to our latitude minimized that?

No adverse effects from what we can see - the benefit of going with natives found in one's region. The key is planting the forbs and grasses in the correct locations based on the amount of sunlight/moisture and the soil type that the particular species calls for. The Prairie Moon Cultural Guide is a big help in directing one in this regard. - Jim
Reply Second Gen
12:58 AM on April 21, 2014 
What adverse effects have you had from the severe winter or has the choice of varieties native to our latitude minimized that?