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.
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?