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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:36 AM   #1
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Been out on a lot of fine muddy trails lately, full of good rain and the new green of early spring.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:39 AM   #2
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Foamflower is slowly coming into bloom - beginning at the bottom of each flower stalk...
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:41 AM   #3
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Its close (but less common) cousin - Miterwort - also opens the lower flower buds before the upper ones...
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Spotted another muich rarer and much stranger looking plant - Frasers Sedge - in bloom yesterday. Many of our early blooms are especially abundant this year, probably thanks to the abundant rainfall and early warmth.
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We have several species of Wild Gingers in our region. All have flowers on the ground, where their sweet smell attracts ants as pollinators.
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And another set of "close cousins" begain blooming very recently. Dutchman's Britches (the more common of the two) does look a bit like a clothesline full of upside-down pants! (One of my daughters told me of a child who called them "mouse pants.")
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Less common is it's cousin Squirrel Corn - have only found one population of these this week, over at Rocky Fork...
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But Blue Cohosh is blooming in many damp woodlands. (The name "blue" is for the blue berries, not the flowers...)
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Some trees are already leafing! Isn't it interesting that the oak and maple leaves come out of the buds with very little chlorophyll, and are almost the same color as they will be in the fall!
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And our Tennessee State Tree - Tulip Poplar - already has some "guests" on its new leaves!
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