The plant that has most surprised me as I round 11 months of daily updates on this blog is the milkweed. It is the plant along the riverbank that strikes me as being active most of the year. It’s only a few months since the old husks of the pods disappeared under the new growth around them. Now the new milkweed plants have emerged and flowers are out. It’s a lovely red color, although I think the closed flower is as interesting as when it’s opened. The ants certainly find them interesting, and you can see them crawling in and out of the 5 separate petals of each flower.