Monthly Archives: March 2012

Warblers are back!

Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia I keep expecting to see migrant birds because the trees are budded out with the unseasonably warm weather. But they aren’t showing up; bird migration must be controlled by things other than weather. Finally last night … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwoods Opening

Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida Flowering Dogwoods are just coming into bloom. I took this picture today in the woods east of the PGT Visitor Center. This shot shows the flowers as they are opening; the large white petals have curved … Continue reading

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Big Red Mushrooms

Big Red False Morel, Gyromitra caroliniana Tonight we found 5 Big Red mushrooms in the South-40 Woods. One of them was 8-inches across. The new MDC book “Missouri Wild Mushrooms” describes them as “Reddish-brown, convoluted, brain-like cap with whitish stalk … Continue reading

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A Million Wildflowers

Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica I don’t know how to accurately estimate the number of wildflowers carpeting the woods at the PGT but it must be millions. The flowers that seem to be everywhere is Spring Beauty. That is what I … Continue reading

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Prairie Willow

Prairie Willow, Salix humilis As the warm weather continues I’m finding new wildflowers in bloom every day. For example, I’m seeing at least four kinds of violets blooming. Also I found this Prairie Willow blooming just east of the PGT … Continue reading

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1,000 new plants

Merv delivered plants tonight Merv Wallace delivered 1,000 potted wildflowers for us to plant this week. We’ve been getting plants from Merv since the PGT started a couple decades ago. That is around the time that he started Missouri Wildflowers … Continue reading

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Caldwell Gravestones Come Back to Life

The Caldwell gravestones rise again to honor the founders of Caldwell pottery in Missouri. Continue reading

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Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria Spring wildflowers continue to pop up in the woods all over the PGT. The best place to find them is in the low areas along creeks. I photographed this clump of Dutchman’s Breeches today along a … Continue reading

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False Rue-anemone

False Rue-anemone, Enemion biternatum Several warm days have brought a rush of early spring wildflowers. The weather is so nice that it is very hard to stay inside! Parts of the Hillers Creek bottom is carpeted with Rue Anemone. The … Continue reading

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Harbinger of Spring

Harbinger of Spring, Erigenia bulbosa After Lorna and I had a picnic lunch at the Rookery Overlook we looked for early spring wildflowers. We found three species in bloom: Harbinger of Spring, Erigenia bulbosa Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica False Rue-anemone, … Continue reading

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