“The flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la” When I was a child working in the garden with my Dad he would always sing this song on the first day of Spring. A celebration to welcome the new flowering planets pushing up through the soil. I never expected this to be the song in my head as hiked on the first day of winter (yesterday). Our first day of winter in Hot Springs National Park was overcast, HOT (70) and HUMID by mid morning. All along the trail delicate patches of green have begun to appear, nestle in the rust of the falling leaves it would be easy to miss their awakening.
When I reach the Goat Rock Trail the new green is more apparent as the Trees along this Trail are mainly Pines. The Minimal leaf cover and warmer micro-climate are a perfect nursery for early arrivals. Very early, by about three months! Lovely Bird-foot Violets are beginning to unfurl in colors and shapes I did not see last Spring. Waxy white with a hint of violet on the edges, violet with narrow petals, bluish violet and purple. Mixed in with the beautiful violets are tiny white False Garlic wildflowers (Special Thanks to @USWildflowers http://uswildflowers.com/). They open as in a beautiful star lily shape and are sprouting in small delicate clusters all along the trail.
Please enjoy this wonderful first day of Winter Spring bouquet. Wildflowers are the delicate gems in the Forest and it is always a joy to see them.
Play today in the Forests and Fields and you will feel refreshed, Nature is a wonderful healing force.