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Over the past year, seedlings have spent the previous year building their first year of plant and storing food in their roots.  While winter temperatures drop, perennial plant growth has slowed down or gone dormant.  With only dried bits of tan leaf and stem material showing above ground because they have drawn all useful food stores from their leaves and stems, some plants appear to have died off.  Other plants nestle small rosettes of leaves in the mulch and leaf litter to brave the frozen season.

 

Underground, roots in winter keep developing, preparing for their spring debut

 

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