We took Gwen to Katoski Greenway today to see the spring flowers. The 3/4 mile trail south of Ridgeway, east of Blackhawk Creek winds through riverbottom woodlands – surprizingly common in northeastern Iowa.
The Spring Beauties are at peak, as are the Purple Violets. White Violets, a few Red Violets, Dutchman’s Breeches, and Trout Lillies are coming along. Other woodland spring flowers will follow. The grand spectacle of Katoski is the tens of thousands of Virginia Bluebells. These are just beginning with many of the blossoms unopened and pink.