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BWCA Weather for Ely, Grand Marais, and the Gunflint Trail

 Wildflowers of the Northwoods and BWCA
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.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

This is the beginning of Spring in Cook County and the most of the small wildflowers are to be found in the Maple woods. We tried some new woods rather than visiting our old friends. We went up the Arrowhead Trail to the Tower road and went on that quite a ways, saw no Photo by Lorraine Anderson.  Spring Beauty, Claytonia, "Fairy Spuds", In early spring the star-like pink flowers of spring beauty carpet many moist, rich woodlands and sunny stream banks. Although individual flowers are small, only a half-inch across, their massed display is spectacular. The flowers, white to rose with red veins, are in loose racemes above a pair of opposite, narrow, fleshy leaves, 1-6 inches long, midway up the stem. This tiny ephemeral often sprawls on the forest floor, sending up as many as 15 blossoms from each underground stem. flowers and the road was getting worse so we turned around, continued up the trail to the Jackson Lake Road, went in there about a mile and first saw a patch of Bloodroot. We got out of the car and tromped around in the woods, finding more Bloodroot and also Carolina Spring-beauty. If you get your nose close to the Spring Beauty it has a lovely smell.
We then took #313 going from the Arrowhead to the Gunflint Trail stopping for lunch at a beautiful spot on a river. The Marsh Marigolds are in bud and if we have warm weather we will probably see some next week

P.S. On Wednesday we could see buds on the trees quite easily and by Thursday because it was warm they all popped open and when I looked up the hillside above Grand Marais it was beautiful with the light green of the new large buds and the dark green of the evergreens.

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  Here are some early bloomers to look for in the area:

 

Anemone, Wood - Anemone quinquefolia

Arbutus, Trailing - Epigaea repens
Bloodroot -
Sanguinaria canadensis

Dandelion, Common - Taraxicum officinale

Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Early Sweet Coltsfoot - Petasites palmatus

Hazelnut, Corylus

Marsh-marigold - Caltha palustris (Cowslip)
Pussytoes, Field -
Antennaria neglecta

Red Maple - Acer rubrum

Spring Beauty - Claytonia verginica

Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana
Violets


 

 

 
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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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