wildflowers http://nhpr.org en May Flowers (Pilgrims not included) http://nhpr.org/post/may-flowers-pilgrims-not-included <div>Delicate wildflowers poke through a dry, mat of last autumn's leaves pressed paper thin by the weight of a now-vanished snow pack.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildflower strategy is: bloom early, grow quickly in late spring and then die back. These "spring </span>ephemerals<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" create an elegant spring nutrient dam, locking-up important soil nutrients otherwise washed-away by </span>snowmelt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or rain. When flowers die-back in summer shade, they release nutrients back to the roots of trees above.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:50:09 +0000 Dave Anderson 46597 at http://nhpr.org May Flowers (Pilgrims not included) Nature's Obligate Relationships http://nhpr.org/post/natures-obligate-relationships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is the height of monarch butterfly season in New Hampshire. Though fewer m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">igrants have returned this year. They're producing the generation that will undertake one of the most impressive migrations: two-thousand miles to overwinter in Mexico.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 30457 at http://nhpr.org Nature's Obligate Relationships Marsh Marigold http://nhpr.org/post/marsh-marigold <p>Among the most conspicuous wildflowers of early May, my favorite is a native wetland plant, the yellow so-called “Marsh Marigold.” It’s also called “American cowslip” and is always found blooming early in marshes, roadside ditches, fens and wet woodlands and at watery edges of damp pastures.</p><p>Marsh marigold is a hardy, native perennial. It’s considered to be one of the ancestral plants of the northern latitudes. It’s thought to have thrived in torrents of post-glacial melt-water following the last “glaciation” in the northern hemisphere.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 13:20:31 +0000 Dave Anderson 27238 at http://nhpr.org Marsh Marigold Wildflowers, the Indicator Species http://nhpr.org/post/wildflowers-indicator-species <p>Lovely woodland wildflowers are reliable “indicators” of soil moisture, fertility and light conditions. Wildflowers on the forest floor repeat patterns seen elsewhere each spring. The flowers speak to the patterns of why plants and trees grow where they do in our forests.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 3365 at http://nhpr.org Wildflowers, the Indicator Species