Year-old Echinacea youngster

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With the early spring we've been having in Minnesota, I was curious about whether the Echinacea plants were sprouting. My husband and I made a day-trip out to Douglas County last Saturday (May 1). I did a quick check of my crossing experiment plot at Hegg Lake. I found some of the toothpicks we used to mark seedlings last summer, along with some of the plants--which are now a year old. I plan to do a complete census in another couple of weeks.

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We also stopped by the common garden. Here's one of the plants--already quite a bit of growth on the first of May.

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