I've posted before about some of the first signs of spring I like to keep an eye out for, noting that my checklist includes:
- Pussy willows
- Skunk cabbage
- Red-wing blackbirds
- Spring peepers
I could easily have included other entries, such as spotted salamanders. The spotted salamanders arrive late to the party compared to their fellow amphibians, the spring peepers (picture). But what the salamanders lack in precociousness they more than make up for in beauty. The mass migrations to vernal breeding ponds that they undertake annually is a sign of spring not to be missed.
Reader, Lynn was kind enough to relate another of the first signs of spring, one of which she is particularly fond. "You didn't list marsh marigold as a sign of spring -- always one of my favorites," says Lynn. "Blooms in late March/early April in southern Michigan." In the landscape, marsh marigolds are a useful plant for wet areas, thriving where other plants would drown.
A delightful way to observe the first signs of spring is to pack a wildflower book and hike out in the woods in search of the various types of wildflowers that appear early in the growing season. In addition to marsh marigolds, some of the early-rising wildflowers include:
- Spring beauty
- Dutchman's breeches
Dutchman's breeches, like their relative, the bleeding heart, are among the most aptly named flowers, their colorful moniker being highly indicative of their shape.
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