By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Spring is an exciting time to be out and about, checking out exciting and beautiful native plants like this gorgeous trillium. The vistas across the Ozarks hills are still long and relatively unobstructed by leaves, while bugs should be at a minimum for at least another week or two. All it takes to witness one of nature’s finest seasons is a walk in nearby woods, river valleys or even farm fields. To get the most out of your native forays, bring along a field guide to trees, wildflowers or native plants, a pair of binoculars, and a friend or two for a fun-filled day of nature-watching. To get you started, here are a few interesting Ozark plants you may encounter on your spring walk-about.
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By Jill Henderson
April does something me that no other month can, probably because I was born under her stars. The lengthening days and warm, stormy weather bring a rush of growth in my garden and throughout the woods and fields. And for those Ozarkers who like to eat on the wild side, the warmer weather is more than accommodating, as the wild greens of black mustard, dock, lambs quarters and poke are already up and at their peak of flavor. Pokeweed, better known as poke, is one of our favorite spring greens and when cooked properly, nothing beats it for a scrumptious pot herb. Continue reading