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 June 16th, 2004 - Wildflowers of the Northwoods


This is the beginning of our 23rd year of looking at wildflowers in Cook County, MN. We are three senior women who just love to get out and explore and learn new things. We are even getting together all winter but don't find too many flowers at that time, but no matter.

June 16th, 2004

Today was the day for Pink Moccasin flowers but first we went out to the point to see the Butterwort in bloom. They are a small plant with a violet flower and yellow-green leaves that are sticky because they catch insects and pinkladyslipper2.jpg (66487 bytes), Photo by Erik W. L. Andersondigest them. Then up the Gunflint Trail. The greens on the trees are so beautiful, finally we have had enough moisture to make them really outstanding. Along the way we saw: Sheep Sorrel, Rock Cress, Tall Buttercup, Caraway, Red-berried Elder and Winter Cress. We had permission to visit some private property on Leo Lake. It is probably the most beautiful forest floor anywhere. We counted 48 Pink Moccasins, Naked Miterwort, Large -flowered Trillium, Bunchberry, Purple Clematis, Forget-me-nots, Clintonia, Wild Sarsaparilla. As we went on we saw a wonderful display of Pale Laures - it was not Pale at all - the brightest pink we have seen. Also on the way we saw Lupine & Mertensia. Then to a Jack Pine forest beyond the Sea Gull Guard Station. We stopped counting after we had seen over 50 Pink Moccasins, also Labrador Tea, Star Flowers, Blueberries and the bright red berries of the Wintergreen. - We were told that the Showy Ladyslippers are just about to open bunchberrybirch.jpg (40420 bytes), Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson at the Wildflower Garden near Hedstroms. (Someone had told me that the Showy Ladyslippers were about to bloom at the Wildflower Garden. There are no Showy's there she meant Pink Moccasins)  That is our state flower but it does not grow naturally in our county. - Oh - a new flower for us: False Boneset and, for now we have the Twisted-stalk - Solomon Seal problem figured out. It is so much easier when they are in bloom. -The town is full of blooming trees and the lilacs are beginning to show color.

Next Wednesday I will be at Isle Royale looking at Wildflowers.

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Be sure to stop back throughout the Summer 2004 to see our weekly wildflower reports from Lorraine Anderson of Grand Marais, Minnesota.



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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


2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

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

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