Well, the same things are blooming, just more of some and less of others. I am excited to have discovered another wildflower I had not seen before.
The Wild Cucumber or Wild Balsam Apple has a white bloom in midsummer on a vine with angular lobed leaves. It is a standout because the flowers on it’s stem are so plentiful and the petals/sepals are so long. It is quite a climber so it is found on many other plants. Since it blooms the same time as the Wild Clematis, and both are white it could easily be overlooked. Here it is:
Just a reminder of what Wild Clematis (Old Man’s Beard) looks like blooming:
The Wild Bergamot or Wild Bee Balm (Monarda) has finished blooming, but the Black Eyed Susan and Tall Sunflowers are making quite a show, along with the Joe Pye, Boneset, Swamp Milkweed and the first of the Goldenrods (Looks like Early, Late, Smooth and Grass-Leaved so far, with Canada ready to bloom). Look for the Stiff, Bluestem, Showy and other rarer forms and let me know where you see them.
Have a great week and get out on the trail! The butterflies are numerous and add to the beauty of the walk.