April couldn’t have been much more disappointing, could it? We had a blizzard after all. But May seems to be making up for it. Unseasonably cold veered directly into unseasonably warm. Many of the early spring wildflowers bolted, having been thwarted so long. I sought them out wherever I went. Here is a bouquet of images to brighten up your spring. All of them except those from Boerner Botanical Gardens are wild.
Crown imperial (fritillaria) nestled among bluebells at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners.
Hepatica, Genesee Oak Opening and Fen State Natural Area, Genesee.
Spring beauties, Renak-Polak State Natural Area, Caledonia
Marsh marigold patch, Greenfield Park, West Allis
Forsythia and South Ravine Bridge, Lake Park, Milwaukee
Flowering fruit tree, Linnwood Park, Caledonia
Skunk cabbage, Zinn Preserve, Town of Erin, Washington Co.
Hawthorn budding, Zinn Preserve, Town of Erin, Washington Co.
White trout lilies, Niagara Escarpment, Town of Leroy, Dodge Co.
Trout lily patch, Niagara Escarpment, Town of Leroy, Dodge Co.
Yellow trout lilies, Sanctuary Woods, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa
White trilliums, Jacobus Park, Wauwatosa
Tulips, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners.
Redbud, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners
Bloodroot, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha Co.
Prairie trillium, Short Road Trailhead, Caledonia
Flowering callery pear tree, Underwood Parkway, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa
The summer-like weather brought out more than the flowers, of course.
Relaxing in style. Sanctuary Woods, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa
School group admiring the tulips, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners
Kayakers head upstream on the Oconomowoc River, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Loew Lake Unit
Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and the project director for A Wealth of Nature.