It’s a bitter cold night here in the South Toe Valley, and I’m snuggled up in my bed thinking of all the little bloodroots sleeping in the frozen ground, waiting for their moment. It’s still months and months away, but they’ll bloom first, emerging from the ground with their one leaf wrapped about their one bud like a green blanket. There won’t be any leaves on the trees yet, but bloodroots are brave. And cooperative. The seeds of the bloodroot come with an extra package of yummies called elaiosomes that attract ants. The ants carry the seeds to their nests and feed the bloodroot’s culinary creation to their larvae. Then they toss the seeds out into their very fertile trash pile.