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Tussilago and petasites in flower, yay!

The first coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) flowers have appeared.
[image:16385 align=left hspace=1][image:15888 align=left hspace=1][image:15885 align=left hspace=1]And going for a longish walk I happened across a white-flowering coltsfoot - hah, looks like somebody has planted Japanese sweet coltsfoot (giant butterbur) (Petasites japonicus) a decade or three ago - all over a hillside. It was fairly well along, with some flowers already open.

Then I went to check on a spot of butterbur (Petasites hybridus), our local species, also called coltsfoot - they're up but not in flower yet.

And going to the botanical garden to see what's happening there, their white coltsfoot (Petasites albus) was in full bloom.

It's spring. I even saw a dandelion in flower, the first of the year, hiding in a crack below a south-facing wall.

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Ahh, yes. I spotted Tussilago on the roadsides here in southern New England and it made me feel so glad! And speaking of dandelion - - - just yesterday I picked the first little bloom growing against the south facing foundation of my little hut and nibbled the golden petals.

I am so grateful for spring!



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