Heading to the southernmost part of the Ozarks, down in the Elk River Hills where you have to cross into Arkansas for coffee, the landscape after a not-too-hot November burn looked like this yesterday:
We found a number of spring ephemerals in bloom and some of the vegetative characteristics of the long lived perennial forbs like Coreopsis palmata and Monarda bradburiana, a couple of the plants that make this landscape so rich, but even as far as the Arkansas border, trees are barely even developing buds. While this situation made for a fast hike through the dry chert woods in the uplands to reach the moist bottoms where the false rue anemones and buttercups were in bloom, it made me a little grateful that even though I spent days in Louisiana last week, I didn't miss spring in the Ozarks.
See here for a post I wrote in 2011 with links to line illustrations of some of the more common spring wildflowers to brush up after a very long winter. And see below for some images from an April 13 hike. See! The ginger hasn't even started blooming yet!