Monday, January 24, 2011

Spring Is Coming - Sometime

We had a few hours so we went by Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and, as always, stopped by Whitetail Lake. The deciduous trees aren’t showing any sign of budding yet. But wildflowers are starting to bloom.

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) were blooming under the slip-rail fence by the parking lot. The Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) was in bud, not far from blooming. Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) was also blooming. Unfortunately someone had trimmed the grass under the fence and I only found one bloom of Shepherd’s Purse. Several plants were blooming under the fence at Teal Lake. None of the plants had developed the characteristic heart-shaped seedpods.

Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center is the only place where I’ve seen Shepherd’s Purse in this area. I’m sure I just haven’t looked closely enough in other areas. But it’s time to start looking seriously now.

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Related posts:
- Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center: Whitehall Lake

- Whitetail Lake: Wildflowers

- Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)

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