First Flowers of Spring


The snow is nearly gone with just patches remaining in deeply wind drifted areas and at the southern edges of fields where the shadows from the trees protect it from the sun.

Our first flowers are out, the Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), which appear even before dandelions to which they look similar. A big difference is the stem which is scaly on the coltsfoot but smooth on dandelions.

Yesterday we began spot seeding pastures to adjust the mix in some areas.

Outdoors: 60°F/35°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark: My choice early in life was between whether to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference. -Harry S. Truman

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2 Responses to First Flowers of Spring

  1. Sal says:

    We have that too! Never knew what it was. Thank you!

  2. John Benzinger says:

    Symplocarpus foetidus the skunk cabbage is usually the first flower of spring. Honeybees bring that pollen in long before anything else is blooming. I have learned much from you and hope to someday add hogs into my 50 acre piece of heaven here in upstate NY. I found your most informative site researching pasture raised goats. Thank u Walter and the web.

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