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.
My yard has rafts of dark blue Scilla among many varieties of daffodills. Native Bloodroot and Rue Anemone are in full bloom. Prairie Trillium are ready to open. Allium, May Apples, Soloman’s Seal and False Soloman’s seal are coming up and will bloom over the next few weeks. So will the Redbuds, Lilacs, Rhododendrons, and Azaleas.
All of life is a Blue Zone, if you look for it.
Jay Ginther, MD