It Snowed Today but I Went Looking for Wildflowers Anyway

Yep, I missed it because I was inside proctoring a test, but apparently we had some snowflakes falling this morning. On May 23. The low tonight is supposed to be 23°F. Naturally, I went looking for wildflowers this afternoon.

Specifically, I wanted to see if there was polygala in bloom along a trail where I found some last year. If it was there, I missed it, but I did find some other flowers in bloom.

Wood anemone, I think? I guess it's closed up because of the cold weather.
Wood anemone, I think? I guess it’s closed up because of the cold weather.
Violet #1
Violet #1
Violet #2
Violet #2
Violet #3
Violet #3

There are something like twenty species of violet in Wisconsin, so do not ask me to identify these guys specifically for you. I did take the time to look up this old post on violet ID from Ohio Birds and Biodiversity, which describes a couple characteristics to look for – color, of course, but also whether the stems are caulescent (leafy) or acaulescent (not leafy, with the leaves on individual stalks). So we have here a white violet, a purple violet, and a light purple violet, all (as far as I can tell) acaulescent.

What’s blooming where you are?

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6 thoughts on “It Snowed Today but I Went Looking for Wildflowers Anyway”

  1. Driving north on 5 from Sacramento airport. Seeing water beds with fresh plantings of rice….and highway oleander. Too fast to see wildflowers.

  2. Nice violets! Here in my wooded yard in SE Michigan we’ve got May Apples, Lily of the Valley, and Jack in the Pulpit. (Oh, and lots of garlic mustard, which I pull out relentlessly.) I love the moment when I first discover a wildflower tucked away in the woods where nobody else will see it but me.

  3. Here in the piney woods of east Texas, we have Queen Anne’s Lace, Gallardia, Wine Cup, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Verbena, Salvias, Day Lilies and Black-eyed Susan blooming. It was 85 degrees today. Not to rub it in or anything ;-)

  4. In far northeastern NY (Clinton Co.), little things blooming so far in my boreal pine-balsam-spruce woods (with plenty of maple, beech, birch, poplar, some oak, etc.):

    By the end of the fist week of May: violets (lavender ones), trout lily, wild strawberry. Beginning in the 2nd week of May: dandelion, wild blueberry flowers, and painted trillium.

    I’m not sure if the trilliums spread a little every year or I just notice more. I did notice ones in full bloom, which have been there for years, that disappeared the next day — the entire plant gone. Munching deer, I presume? We’re over-grazed by too many deer. Ask the little maples.

    Now, as usual for the 3rd week of May, things are exploding. Starflowers popping out by the dozens along almost all of our 2 miles of trails, bunchberry patches in their earliest pre-flower stages, some early pink ladyslippers are nodding but not unfurled. Yesterday a hawthorn put out its first cluster of balled flowers-to-be.

    On a rainy walk yesterday I met a couple hundred tiny white goldthread scattered like stars throughout a carpet of dark green moss.

    Then, there’s me! I prefer cold weather, but spring wildflowers at least temporarily change my mind about that every year.

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