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This is the beginning of our 24th 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.


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Butterwort blooming at Artist's Point in Grand Marais -- Photo by Lorraine Anderson

June 19th-22nd, 2005 - Report by

Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day):  We went to Artist Point and the Breakwall (Grand Marais). We were pleased to see The Butterwort blooming - also 3-toothed Cinquefoil, a few Potentilla fruitacosa and Bearberry blooming. Even though there is a lot of Bearberry in this county I have only seen it once before - on Isle Royale

Monday, June 20: We went to the end of the Arrowhead Trail to the Border Route Trail. We were there last year when the Large-round-leaf Orchid was in bloom and wanted to see if any other special thing was blooming. We saw the buds of the Large-round-leaf Orchid but no other orchid. However we did see a large area of leaves of the Round-leafed Hepatica which is rare here. 

June 22, 2005: In town the Lilacs are at their peak. The road sides are colorful with Yellow Buttercup and Yellow Hawkweed, Orange Hawkweed and Caraway. The Ox-eye Daisies and Birds-foot Trefoil are beginning and with all those we call it "Natures Garden."  There are very many Mountain Ash in bloom - hope they will produce a bumper crop of bright red berries and the birds that eat them. We planned on driving quite a ways today and it turned out to be about 120 miles. Gunflint Trail > Devil Track Road > Ball Club > Trestle Pine > The Grade > Crescent Lake Campground for lunch > Sawbill Trail > 600 Rd. > Two Island River Rd > Carmer Rd. > Sugar Loaf Rd. > #61. Our goals were to see the Blue-flag Iris and "The Sanctuary" on the Sugar Loaf Rd. "The Sanctuary" proved to be somewhat of a disappointment in that the stream that goes through it had flooded and laid down with pressure and dirt all the plants. It was also late in the season and underbrush was overgrown. We did see Iris in many areas. We also saw, among others: Pitcher Plants, Yellow Pond Lilies, Early Meadow Rue, Roses, Columbine, Cow Parsnip and Linnea. A Perfect Day



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