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This is the beginning of our 25th 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, June 21st, 2006 - Report by

People ask us what are we going to do next Wednesday. Usually we never know until the day. Each of us have been busy with our own gardens, company and such. L had seen some Iris on County Road 58 and B was thinking of Iris, so we went there first. It was raining so we mostly drove slowly. We got into one or our "annual" discussions, this time - which one was Tall and which was Early Meadow Rue? You see, at our age we can learn the same thing new each year! We brought samples into the car (it made it more challenging because they were wet and mostly in bud). We sat in the car, pouring through our books while the rain poured on our car. We started the day with the heat in the car and ended with air on.

Flowers we saw today, beside Iris were: Pink Pyrola, Cow Parsnip, Canada Anemone, Wild Roses, daisies, hawkweed, buttercup, clovers, caraway, Thimbleberry and Highbush Cranberry.

We drove out of the rain into the sun by the tower at Bogus Lake and had lunch there.

On our way home we checked at Mink Lake to see if the Yellow Coralroot was blooming. We found five bunches and one bunch had 21 stalks in it. The sun was now out and in walking around Mink Lake we found a bunch of Spotted Coralroot, more Iris, Bunchberry and Linnea. The Yellow Coralroot is rather rare and it is not mentioned in most books. The colorful flowers that now adorn the highways are so pleasant to see.

The flowers this week that gave us most pleasure were the Iris and Yellow Coralroot and probably the most showy was the Cow Parsnip



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