We found the park with no problem, but where to park was a bit of a question. We just parked near the sign.
It was 9 a.m. and 36 degrees with a brisk wind blowing. We started to see wildflowers as soon as we got to the trail.
Yellow Trout Lily
False Rue Anemone
Then a surprise! Marie found Large-flowered Trillium blooming. This is about 6 weeks earlier than average for this plant to bloom here in west Michigan.
Then she spotted this Jack-in-the-Pulpit fully open! There were many, many, Wild Leek leaves everywhere. The leaves show first on the Wild Leek then the leaves die back and the plant blooms later in the spring.
Wild Leek leaves
Mayapple was up but not yet blooming.
Bloodroot done blooming.
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
Close up of the green flower of the Blue Cohosh plant.
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Fumitory Family. Each flower is about 3/4 " long and has the form of a pair of pants upside down on a clothesline.
Squirrel Corn (Dicentra Canadensis) Fumitory Family. Squirrel Corn flowers are heart shaped.Here I lifted my head up from the flowers and took a look around the woods. It's a nice little woods, they are planning on making a paved trail, some paths were being worked on.
This I think is a fungus called Scarlet Cup.
We also saw Cut-leaved Toothwort blooming for the first time this year, lots of first here in Van Zoeren Woods.We visited Van Zoeren Woods for about three hours then went down to Allegan County to Happy Boots Corner. Oh the Marsh Marigold, beautiful.
Marsh Marigold like a burst of sunshine.
More Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold is usually one of the early bloomers and they are so pretty. Then we found a flower blooming that again surprised us, Golden Ragwort (Senecio aureus) Aster Family.
Golden Ragwort blooming
Golden Ragwort buds The first year we came across this plant we couldn't figure it out because we would see these purplish buds, but out comes a golden flower!
We also saw violets, this one was a very soft purple color.
Different kinds of buttercups.
This is Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius).
Don't forget to look around at these fun and interesting woods.
After about an hour and a half at Happy Boots Corner we hopped in the car and drove along 133rd Avenue.
133rd Ave. Allegan County Michigan
The patch of White Trout Lily was back. Some Yellow Trout Lily too.
A nice bunch of violets...Then to home. A wonderful day.