The thing that stands out for me, at Hepatica Hill, is that everything is cold, gray, and wet, with snow still in ditches and on some trails, but yet, there are these beautiful hepatica blooming. All the browns and grays, then a beautiful wildflower just growing, fighting the odds, and drabness all around it!
Of course, it is great later on in the year, when there are many, different wildflowers all around but hepatica are some of the first and they are so soft and sweet.
Marie found this cool rock.
Kalamazoo River at Hepatica Hill
We made a very quick stop at our Happy Boots Corner in Allegan County. I found some Marsh Marigolds struggling to bloom.
Marsh Marigold buds
There was a steady rain while we were at Hepatica Hill, even with our rain gear we were getting wet so we hopped back in the warm car and checked out some bridges in Allegan County.
We were driving through Casco Township and came upon Casco Township Nature Preserve.
We passed through a couple cemeteries.
We drove along the lake shore and stopped in at 121st Avenue road end, a beach along Lake Michigan and Plummerville Creek.Lake Michigan at 121st Ave road end.
Plummerville Creek flowing into Lake Michigan
But that wasn't the end of our day, we ended up, after still more rain, at the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan. We looked at all the wildflower books, noting the fact that we either own them or have had them on loan from the library. Then we looked through the Michigan section of the library.
I found a small photo journal of Casco Township, the township we had just been driving through, and found it very interesting.
At last it was time to go home, we did have a fun filled day!
Before Marie left to go to her house, I thought we should check my hepatica growing here in my woods, it isn't blooming yet. Then we checked another area where I had transplanted a few wildflowers that we came across last year growing on the edge of a dirt road, right in harm's way.
There in this small patch was one tiny Habinger of Spring blooming! I have never seen this plant here in our woods so it was a treat to find it blooming. It doesn't look like much until you take a close look.
My very own Harbinger of Spring
Erigenia bulbosa, also known as harbinger of spring or pepper and salt, is a perennial plant in the carrot family (Apiaceae). E. bulbosa is the only species in the genus Erigenia (Nutt.). This plant is known as harbinger of spring because it is one of the earliest blooming native wildflowers of rich forests in the mid-latitude United States.