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Lots of Wildflowers are blooming along the Red Cedar Trail including some invasive species. Another walker was busy pulling up Garlic

Mustard Weed along the Trail but it was a loosing cause.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Ostrich Ferm

Ostrich Ferm

The wildflowers are really blooming all along the Red Cedar State Trail.

White Trout Lilly

White Trout Lilly

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Swamp Buttercup

Swamp Buttercup

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

There are a variety of flowers blooming on the farm.

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Trillium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

There are a large number of spring Wildflowers Blooming on the farm.

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Trillium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

It rained most of the morning and was still raining in the afternoon. We finally decided we need to get out. I made and purchased some new rain gear and was anxious to try it out so we decided to drive down the the Trail and see what was happening. Things didn’t go well. When I arrived I realized that the plastic cover for the camera that I designed was not in the pack that I brought. It was still in the pack at home. I had purchased a new pair of rain pants that should allow me to put them on without taking my shoes off. I thought I would put them on at the trail head and see how things went. Unfortunately I had grabbed my old rain pants and couldn’t get them on over my boots. So much for testing my rain gear.

We were amazed at the number of flowers out along the trail. Most of them are weeks ahead of schedule.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

Cut-leaved Toothwort

Cut-leaved Toothwort

 

 

For some reason the farm is overrun with Common Blue Violets
this year.

Common African Violet

Common African Violet

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

 

My wife and I were out on our annual spring cleanup along the road and noticed that the spring wildflowers are in full bloom. Here are a sampling of what is blooming now.

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large-flowered Bellwort

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone

 

Last week we made our second trip over to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this spring. Nerstrand is a White Trout Lilly heaven. The woods are carpeted with Trout Lilies. It is also the home to the rare Dwarf Trout Lilly which can only be found in three counties in south eastern Minnesota.

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

The White Trout Lilies were just starting to bloom so this week should be an excellent time to visit the park.

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily

The park ranger indicated that a single Dwarf Trout Lilly was in bloom and indicated where we could find it. As expected we walked right past it. Fortunately there were some flower folks ahead of us and they point it out to us. Luckily it was right along the trail but it is so small that it is difficult to see. It’s about a fifth the size of the normal Trout Lilly. It was a popular stopping point on the trail with lots of folks gathered around to look at it.

Dwarf Trout Lily

Dwarf Trout Lily

There were also a lot of other flowers blooming. Spring Beauty, False Rue Anemone, Bloodroot, Downy Yellow Violets, and Common Blue Violets were only a few of the flowers blooming in the park. The park website does an excellent job of identifying the flowers in bloom.

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

False Rue Anemone

False Rue Anemone

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet

I’ve been walking on the Red Cedar State Trail several times this week. The big thing is the number of flowers blooming along the trail. In an earlier post I had mentioned that the False-Rue-Anemone, Marsh Marigolds, and Spring Beauty were blooming. They are continuing to bloom in large numbers. The Marsh Marigolds are now in full bloom all along the trail.

This week a number of new flowers are blooming along the trail.

The White Trout Lilies are just starting to bloom. They should be in full bloom by this weekend

Wild Blue Phlox are starting to be seen along the trail in small bunches.

Common Blue Violets can be seen all along the trail and are in full bloom.

Swamp Buttercups are also starting to bloom all along the trail.

There are many more flowers blooming along the trail including Wild Ginger, Gooseberry, Ostrich Ferns, Ground Ivy, Cut-leaved Toothwort and Early Meadow Rue.

In addition to the wildflowers there were large numbers of butterflies on the trail. Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Mourning Cloaks, Fritillaries, Sulphurs, Whites and Blues.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

While the flowers are early this year the bird migration is not. I’ve seen a few American Redstarts but it doesn’t appear that the Warbler migration has started yet. Unfortunately the trees will likely be leafed out by the time the migrations is underway making it difficult to see the birds.

American Redstart

Bloodroot

The short answer is not much. After a frantic start to spring where we had 70-80 degree temperatures for almost two weeks in March things have slowed down. Most of the Bloodroot bloomed during those two weeks although there are a few still out. There are lots of flowers growing but we will need some warm weather to bring them along.

Common Blue Violet

Walking through the woods this morning I was able to find a few Common Blue and Downey Yellow violets but they are just starting and it will be a couple of weeks before they can be found in any numbers.

Large-flowered Trillium

The last few days we have had freezing overnight temperatures which has really slowed the flowers down. Normally the Large Flowered Trillium are right behind the Bloodroot but I only found one lonely trillium starting to bloom.

Wild Ginger

The Wild Ginger are starting to bloom on the south facing slopes. They should be in full bloom this next week.