Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Though we are all water-logged here, the good news is that the wildflowers and mushrooms have been mo...

Plant Walk: Ground Ivy, Rue Anemone, Redbud Flowers, Dwarf Larkspur, and More

Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Though we are all water-logged here, the good news is that the wildflowers and mushrooms have been more abundant than ever. As I've been super duper busy with school and the countdown to finals, I haven't gotten around to posting the tons of pictures I've taken or writing about the Spring blossomings (sorry).

So this will mostly be a picture gallery to catch you up.  Enjoy and don't forget to comment; I'd love to hear all about your Spring adventures.

Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

Redbud flowers (Cercis canadensis)

Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)

Ramps/Wild Leeks (Allium tricoccum)
Ramps are a native delicacy in some areas.  
Use like onions, especially good sauteed in olive oil with morels.

Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda) 
Toad Trillium (Trillium sessile)

Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild Ginger flower
Tastes ginger-ish and grows in wet places.  This beautiful flower is pollinated by beetles.

May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

May Apple flower
Not sure if it's true, but I've heard it takes seven years for May Apples to fruit.  All parts of the plant are poisonous, except for the ripe fruit, but good luck getting some before the local fauna.

Dogwood flower (Cornus canadensis)
This was a sweet shot of this dogwood blossom after it had fallen onto some deadwood.  
Lots of fallen dogwood flowers litter the ground after all the storms lately.

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) 
Shooting Star
This was the first time I've seen these in the wild.  Awesome!

Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
I love the fantastic fantasy-like colors and shape of these.

Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

Ohio Buckeye

Germinating acorns 
This was so cool to see a bunch of these germinating right in the middle of the muddy trail today.

Paw paw flower Asimina triloba)
One of my very favorite plants and fruits!  The flower is pollinated by flies.  Some people tie bags of rotten meat in the trees to attract the pollinators.  The paw paw is the largest native fruit in North America.  It tastes like banana custard, yum!

The Magical Morel Mushrooms (Morchella spp.)
Morels are another local delicacy.  The tastiest mushroom!  It's always an adventure morel hunting; some days you'll find one, some days you'll find twenty.  They smell and taste earthy and tempting.  With the ridiculous amount of rainfall we've had, they are popping up more this year, often in the most unexpected places.

Some people say all this rain is a natural progression, like the ice ages, some say it's climate change, some say it's a spiritual lesson about slowing down.  Maybe it's all of the above, but it definitely makes me think about what water means to to life . . . and how fun it is to jump in puddles!

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  1. Blessings from Shamanic Winds (a Michigander), and Merry Meet, Artemisia!

    I am so excited that I have found your new Blogger here, had come across you last year and was hoping to see more of your adventures along the way -- and here you are again, I have finally crossed paths with you, yay!

    It's ironic you posted a photo of those two 'germinating Acorns'...a few weeks ago, I was out in our yard and we have several very old Oak trees (species/families unknown to me as of yet) -- I haven't captured a picture of it myself as of yet, but I had run across two germinating Acorns sitting beside each other above the ground!

    I wasn't sure in what actions to take with them at the time, but was hoping in planting them someplace special on our property and didn't quite know exactly how to do it. Many of our Oak trees back in our woods are tall, rotting and dying -- and I wanted to give back to the Earth blessings with those acorns I came across.

    Would you think it'd be wise in finding an area in which to plant these acorns in the ground, or start it in a pot and then transplant them later on?

    We are just getting our 'Spring' here in Michigan, some blooms are just beginning to bud while others are shooting up out of the dark soil and ground, and a few Spring flowers have already bloomed -- and our grounds have been quite moist and wet from after the Winter thaw and some rain showers.

    Have fun on your trails and happy to follow you along here on your many new adventures!

    Shamanic Winds )O(

  2. Hi, Shamanic Winds! Sorry, just saw your post. What did you end up doing with the acorns? Nice to see you here!