Spring Countdown: 19 days


Peeking through this morning’s snow the diminutive snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is being true to its name. Last year, at this time my snowdrops had been in bloom for 5 weeks and the leaves were 6-8” tall. This year they first bloomed last week and the leaves are 2-3” tall. … another promise that spring is coming.

Spring Countdown: 20 Days



By Teresa Woodard

My teenage son Mark and I were thrilled to find these skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) peaking through the ice and snow at Prairie Oaks Metro Parks west of Columbus.  It’s a sure sign of spring when the purple-green spathes of these earliest of Midwestern wildflowers emerge in marshes and wet woodlands.  To learn more, check out this Outdoor Notebook item on skunk cabbage.

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