After this last winter, what a “releaf” it is to see that the latest “white stuff” on our trees and landscape is a sign of growing and not snowing!

Each category here contains a coded list of early spring wildflowers found in the Chesapeake watershed.
After figuring out one of the words in the category, use the known letters to decipher the other words in that list.

There is a different code for each list.

White Blossoms
Example: Cut-leaved Toothwort

R D C C F J C C L

J S H G X H Y C X H

X C F F W X P L J W D D W S Y

Y G U G Z Z D H

R G B L G J F L C G F T D G K

F S L N E Y G X’ B R J H H N E H B

B Y C C L E B C D C Y C X’ B B H G D

T C G Y T D C Q H J

Y W L H J Q C J L

B Z J W X P N J H B B

Yellow Blossoms
Example: Smooth Yellow Violet

N C M Y N D G D Z

P M T T M I U Y N N V C P Y X

T L C Q R T L C G O M D F

F L I F V D G M I

P M D N Q B M M N

O M D F V I P D Y U

Q H Y L K C M M N

R M M F V F X G N P R V C X D L I N

O M D F V I L D V S L I F V C Q

K G D F M L N Q

Pink/Purple/Blue Blossoms
Example: Bluebells

A O X R I O M N

P H M J T T F U B

P Z G G C F U N P C M K

H F O W N R K M U F X J

A O X R C

T F U B O M W L’ P P O F T T R K

H F O W A O R R W F U N Z R M K C

W G N Y F G O R C

P T F W R K H G K C

I G K N R C-J R-U G C


Solution

White Blossoms: Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, Nodding Trillium, Mayapple, Bastard Toadflax, Dutchman’s Breeches, Smooth Solomon’s Seal, Foamflower, Miterwort, Spring Cress

Yellow Blossoms: Trout Lily, Common Buttercup, Marsh Marigold, Dandelion, Coltsfoot, Golden Club, Squawroot, Hooded Pitcher Plant, Golden Alexanders, Wild Oats

Pink/Purple/Blue Blossoms: Blue Flag, Swamp Pink, Shooting Star, Wild Geranium, Bluet, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Wild Bleeding Heart, Dog Violet, Spiderwort, Forget-Me-Not