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 May 21 2003 - Wildflowers of the Northwoods and BWCA 

This report is written by Lorraine Anderson ( She is part of a group of three seniors that have been looking at wildflowers in Cook County, Minnesota. They have gone out almost every Wednesday for over 20 years and love it, even in the winter. But of course there aren't any flowers in the winter!!

It was a beautiful day. Marsh Marigolds were the flower of the day. They are so bright and cheerful. We went up the Sugar Loaf Road. to "The Sanctuary". We wereMay 21 flowers condensed.jpg (103857 bytes) a bit early this year but enjoyed what we saw. From there we went to the Cramer Road. and hiked May 21 Trees  Shrubs condensed.jpg (77425 bytes)a bit on the Superior Hiking Trail. Not too many flowers so we turned back and ate lunch sitting on big rocks in the parking lot. From there we went to the Two Island rd. which was mostly a maple woods, in fact most of the flowers we saw today were in maple woods. We saw the beginnings of Trout Lilies and many patches of Bloodroot. Then to #166 (600 rd.) - Sawbill Trail - Honeymoon Trail - Caribou Trail.
We saw our first Juneberry bush blooming. We just learned an easy way to tell the difference between the Juneberry and Pin Cherry is that the petals on the Juneberry are longer than they are wide and the Pin Cherry is the same length and width.

Flowers we found Blooming:

Anemone, Wood - Anemone quinquefolia
Bellwort, Large-flowered - Uvularia grandiflora
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Coltsfoot, Early - Petasites palmatus
Dandelion, Common - Taraxacum officinale
Dutchman's-breeches - Dicentra cucullaria
Lily, Trout - Erythroniym americanum
Marigold, Marsh - Cowslip - Caltha palustris
Mertensia ( Bluebells ) - Mertensia paniculata
Spring Beauty - Clatonia caroliniana
Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana
Violet, Purple - Yellow - White

Trees & Shrubs we found Blooming:

Currant, Skunk - Ribes glandulosum
Gooseberry - Ribes
Juneberry - Amelanchier
Maple, Red - Acer rubrum

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2003 Wildflower Reports:

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July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

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July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003


2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

August 18th, 2004

August 4th, 2004

July 28th, 2004

July 21st, 2004

July 14th, 2004

July 8th - 11th, 2004

July 7th 2004

June 30th, 2004

June 29th, 2004

June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

Memorial Weekend

May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

August 9th, 2006

August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

June 14th, 2006

June 7th, 2006

May 31st, 2006

May 24th, 2006

May 17th, 2006

May 10th, 2006

May 3rd, 2006

April 26th, 2006


2005 Wildflower Reports:

August 10th, 2005

August 3rd, 2005

July 27th, 2005

July 20th, 2005

July 13th, 2005

July 6th, 2005

June 29th, 2005

June 22nd 2005

June 15th 2005

June 12th, 2005

June 10th, 2005

June 8th, 2005

June 1, 2005

May 25th, 2005

May 18th, 2005

May 11th, 2005

May 4th, 2005

April 20th, 2005

April 13th, 2005

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