This spring is not really spring, yet. Winter doesn’t want to let go and keeps sending more snow and cold temperatures. The calendar tells me it’s April 9th, but when I look outside it seems more like January 99th.
I enjoy rambling through woodlands looking for early spring wildflowers. Every year at this time I see the flowers of Bloodroot, Hepatica, Rue Anemone, Twinleaf and more, except for this year. Everything is late, at least their flowers are. The plants are there, but the flowers are waiting. Being the reproductive part of the plant, flowers are susceptible to extreme cold and since a plant’s sole purpose in life is to reproduce itself, if the flowers freeze, there will be no fruits or seeds — no reproduction.
Even though I knew the flowers wouldn’t be there, I decided to take a walk in a nearby 50 acre woodland and I was greeted with a great many friendly leafy faces. Having hiked the ridges and valleys throughout West Virginia so many times during all seasons, I am familiar with many plants in all their stages of growth. And I did see the flowers — but just in my mind. Only seeing the leaves, I was able to view the flowers imprinted in my memories. And not just spring flowers. I saw the leafy beginnings of summer wildflowers as well and then viewed their flowers in my mind. Here are a few of the leafy friends I saw. The flowers that will appear later are on the right.
It is important to go out in Nature as often as possible. If you do, you will soon begin to recognize the friendly faces of so many more special friends.