Spring Blooming Flowers 5-17-2016

I feel like the flowers have been avoiding me… I also think that flowers can be playful… Hiding as buds when I look at them, then popping open behind my back. I swear I can hear them giggling. They are probably conspiring to open all in the same week. Bring it on flowers, bring it on….

Learn some history, see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Prunus x cistena ~ Purpleleaf sand cherry  |  Syringa vulgaris ~ Common lilac

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Malus ~ Crabapple  |  Asarum canadense ~ Wild ginger


Vinca minor ~ Periwinkle

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Phlox subulata ~ Creeping phlox


Euphorbia epithymoides (aka) polychroma ~ Spurge

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Cercis canadensis ~ Redbud

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

27 thoughts on “Spring Blooming Flowers 5-17-2016

  1. The only flower I can identify with, I think, is the redbud. The native ones bloomed in March and are one of the earliest trees/shrubs or flowers to bloom. I like the leaves of the redbud- so waxy and shiny. There are two species here.

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    • The Internet community says 50/50 on its edibility. Using it as a spice or tea seems ok. Do not use in alcohol or vinegar (salad dressing) as it allows the aristolochic acid to leach out.
      I’d just stick with the edible one, unless the world ends and we have to forage instead of going to the store!


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