Spring Countdown: 19 days

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Debra Knapke

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

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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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