Friday, May 20, 2011

Spring Wildflowers

Okay, so I think I'm getting a little carried away with the wildflowers.  Whenever I see a group of petals shooting up from the foliage, I have to know what it is.  I enjoy this extraneous curiosity, however.  And today I realized a common thread to all the flowers I have seen so far.  

They are: round-lobed hepatica, wood anemone, trailing arbutus, bird's eye primrose, wild strawberry, periwinkle and juneberry.  I also found one with bunches of tiny white flowers that I have been unable to identify.

Except for the juneberry, which grows from branches of a tree, all the others grow low to the ground.  I would say five inches high at the most, while most are only a couple inches off the ground.  Isn't that neat? Or am I the only one who thinks that's a great way for these flowers to emerge, since the Lake Superior winds could kick up petal-ripping winds at any time?

Nice work, you little flowers.  You have intrigued me and delighted my senses.  I look forward to visits from the rest of your friends too!


  1. You need to look up a guy named Harvey Desnick from Kearsarge. He can tell you anything you want to know about Keweenaw wildflowers. He even has a book of photos published with hundreds of different Keweenaw wildflowers.

  2. Thanks! I've met Harvey at one of his presentations. We talked flowers for a while... it's fun to do that with someone! His colorful photo book is my favorite one to use because the pictures go in order of when the flowers bloom. I appreciate your input.