Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve – Spring Blooming Flowers 4-5-2017

Last weekend, my hubby allowed himself to get talked into a quick jaunt around Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve in Long Grove, Illinois. It’s a pretty small preserve at 36 acres. It was donated to the Long Grove Park District by Barbara Reed-Turner. It’s a fabulous little gem with so much diversity and wildlife to see. The town of Long Grove does have many activities such as Strawberry & Apple Fests, along with it’s quaint feel, makes for a great day trip. All of the following flowers were captured at the preserve. Since I’ve not had another blooming flowers in the past that’s remotely close to this one, I’m not linking back to any past blooming posts.

Winter aconites – Eranthis hyemalis

Aren’t they adorable? They look like little ballerinas.

Pussy willows ~ Salix discolor

Scilla Siberica – Siberian Squill or Wood Squill

Vinca minor ~ Periwinkle

Salem Lake

Bird Log – Lots of birds fly through here!!

Natural Stadium Seating

More Squill

Indian Creek

The only bird I can pick-out here is the White-breasted Nuthatch. An maaaybe a red-breasted. Their noise is a bit higher pitched.

I hear Redwinged Blackbirds, Robins and many loud ‘Clicky’ birds. I could see it was a midsize bird, but that’s it with the dank gray skies.

Lots of clean-up going on this spring.

Common snowdrops ~ Galanthus nivalis


© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

19 thoughts on “Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve – Spring Blooming Flowers 4-5-2017

    • The trees are just starting to smell the coffee brewing, but not really awake yet 😉
      It was privately owned for many years, then the owner donated it to the city. Many times, I think these situations produce the best little nooks of nature.


  1. I’m back. Why is so hard to find where to click in order to comment? But moving on, this post is great and the pics are all so good. The forsythia is eye catching. I like that you have added sound and loved hearing the birds. Mostly I heard red-winged blackbirds. It was indeed a dismal day but the camera did a good job.


    • Thanks!! I couldn’t believe how many different birds I could hear. Some I knew, many others, I did not. There are different areas here, like woodland, savanna and prairie, so there were different birds depending on where you were. So cool! I’ll be back in May, supposedly the best time to go there.

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