Okay, yes, the snow is really pretty. But change is good.
So when the drifts finally recede, it’s time to keep one’s senses open to all the sights and sounds and smells and any other clues one can find for Spring’s Mountain arrival.
Anything–ANYTHING–poking through the ground is a reason to celebrate. Even a worm.
So let’s talk early spring wildflowers today.
The first noticeable wildflower is usually mistaken for dandelions. It is Coltsfoot. The obvious diff between it and your little lawn pest is the lack of leaves! Seriously, you can remember this! These flowers come up BEFORE the leaves, and when was the last time you saw dandelions do that?? That explains their earlier name: “Son-before-the-father.” They get their present name from the leaf shape which, at full-size, truly looks like a pony hoof-print.