Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Riverside Park Twice in 15 hours!

2012 03 25 and 26  Sunday was filled with family obligations, so no time for an afternoon walk, we (Mike and I) walked instead from 7 to 8 pm., part of the time in the dark.  How different things look here at dusk.  This is what we saw...

After a week of record high temperatures and then some rain, everything was green and leafy. 
 Purple Cress was all over the place.

Same with the Spring Beauty but most of these were closed up.  I don't really know which flowers close-up at night, or for the cold.

For the first time this year Trout Lily was sort of blooming.  Again this might have been closed up for the night?  There is white Trout Lily and yellow Trout Lily, these look like they might be white but we will have to see them open to tell for sure.

Trout Lily

Some Bloodroot was still blooming but most was already done with a seed pod sticking up between the leaf. 

Bloodroot with seed pod.

Some one was out kayaking.

And then the sun was setting as we headed back to the car.

Sun setting over Bass Lake in Ottawa County Michigan

2012 03 26
The next morning when I shared the news about Riverside being so green, with my sister (Sugar),  she was ready to hop in the car and go see the green for herself.  So that's just what we did, 15 hours after Mike and I had left Riverside.  Am I lucky or what?

So this is what we saw 15 hours later, one problem was it was only 36 degrees!  It was the beginning of a cool down, and it felt very cold after 70 and even 80 degrees the days before.
 Trout lily still closed up tight.

Another Trout Lily, none were open.

Most of the Bloodroot are done blooming, this one is closed up tight too.
Eastern Red Bud (Cercis canadensis) is budding out but also not yet open.

Lots of Eastern Red Bud

 The willow has done its blooming.

Farther along the trail there is a patch of Bloodroot still blooming, but not very open.

New for the year a buttercup...then we went back along the trail that has the most flowers and we found they were opening up a bit.

 Spring Beauty

 Violets, purple and yellow

Small-flowered Crowfoot (Ranunculus abortivus) Buttercup Family.

This Purple Cress was looking less peaky on our way back down the trail.
A beautiful day.  Thanks Sug.


Anonymous said...

You are lucky! M :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

M :-), yes I am lucky and tired. Hey I thought you had no Internet? Thanks for stopping by the blog. :-)

New Hampshire Gardener said...

Those are great shots. I love the last one of the sunset on the lake.

Anonymous said...

Great shots! Maybe I had better run over to Aman Park this weekend, I may be too late for many of the wildflowers there if I wait any longer.

Dave said...

its amazing how much is in bloom on that side of the state.thanks for posting

Plants Amaze Me said...

New Hampshire Gardener, Thanks it was a beautiful sunset. I'm not sure what the poor plants are doing out there right now that it is only 31 degrees. Strange Spring. :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

quietsolopursuits, Thanks. We were hoping you would check out Aman. On March 27 in Zeeland trillium were blooming, fully open! That is 6 weeks earlier than usual. But now it's a frosty 31 degrees. I like the Word Press format where you can reply to comments in the same box, blogspot is inefficient in many ways. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

flowerdave, I would say we are about six weeks ahead of average but this morning is cold and only 31 degrees. The flowers probably don't know if they are coming or going. :)