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Transition Time: Late Spring and Early Summer Wildflowers

21 May

The ups and downs in temperature and precipitation have been a challenge the last week.  The heat sped the early spring wildflowers to bloom and blow.  Now you can find the seedpods forming on the Bloodroot, Marsh Marigold, Trout Lily, Dutchmen’s Breeches, Goldseal, Hepatica, Spring Beauties and many of the Trillium. Early Spring flowers still […]

More Spring Flowers!

10 May

Jeanne Henderson at Chippewa Nature Center led a Spring Wildflower walk on Wednesday.  It was overcast and trying to rain, but we still saw spring wildflowers. There was an abundance of Spring Beauties and Dutchmen’s Breeches.  We saw the leaves and seed heads of the Bloodroot that finished blooming the day before.  There were still trout […]

Early spring is passing fast, get ready for summer!

06 May

Well, Saturday brought 80 degrees again.  I saw swaths of bloodroot and trout lily blooming along the trail beside Averill Preserve.  In the sunnier areas there were scattered Bloodroot, clumps of blooming and non blooming Trout Lily (White and Yellow), emerging Wild Ginger and Meadow Rue and still the cheery fields of Dutchmen’s Breeches along […]

Maybe this next week?

05 April

Well, the snow and cold have moved back the anticipated bloom time for our spring ephemerals.  Once the weather warms up toward the end of next week, I expect to see the plants begin to emerge.  Hepatica buds are still 1/4 inch from the ground and tightly furled, but some of the ferns are starting […]

Spring is upon us!

25 March

I know the ground is still brown since the snow melted.  However, when you see the Winter Aconite and Early Crocus in the home gardens,  the buds of the Hepatica are showing above the leaf litter.  That means the cloak of the Bloodroot will be peeping up above ground as soon as some spring rains awaken […]

Fall is here!

01 October

Well, there is still some color on the rail trail–late asters are still blooming and the occasional Goldenrod is blooming. Most plants have set seed and are ready to disperse with fall winds and rain.  Many have very interesting seed heads, so still lots to view.     The red leaves and white berries of the […]

Early fall color

11 September

Well the rail trail is looking pretty fallish right now.  Many of the Maples and Sumac are changing to scarlet, red or burgundy.  The Michigan Holly has bright red berries. There are Goldenrod and Asters as far as you can see.  So many different Asters, so many different Goldenrods.  Here are a few of the […]

And another aster

21 August

I forgot to mention the most fun find this weekend. I saw an aster that was kind of like a calico aster, kind of like a woodland or flat top aster–but with lots of whorled leaves. My best ID is that is must be a Whorled Aster–which the botanists at Averill Preserve had identified a […]

More late summer flowers

21 August

Well, the weekend was good for finding more flowers.  The Hog Peanut and Groundnut were both blooming near the Meridian bridge.  Both are ambitious climbers, twirling around any nearby plant.  Both are edible: the nut of Hog Peanut and the root of the Groundnut. Here is the Hog Peanut, whose small flowers seem to hang […]

Summer is fading into fall

15 August

The cool evenings and cooler days are having an effect on the rail trail.  Some of the shrubs like the alternate leaf dogwood, trees like the Maple and vines like the Virginia Creeper are beginning leaf color change.  Most of the berries on the Grey and Silky Dogwoods have colored up (white and deep blue) […]

Flower time!

25 July

Well the last two weeks have seen hot, dry weather and the summer plants are loving it.  There are sweeps of Black-eyed Susans, Wild Bergamot/Bee Balm, Yellow and White Sweet Clover, Crown Vetch, Everlasting Pea and Spotted Knapweed.   Along side them are the beginnings of the Goldenrods (Early, Sweet and Late as well as […]

Summer time flowers

12 July

It is always a slight shock and pleasant surprise when I see Michigan Lilies blooming.  My friend Mary has the perfect sunny spot for them and some of her lilies have 15-20 lovely hanging flowers.  My yard is shadier and the deer found some early, so mine are just 5-8 flowers.  Depending on deer predation […]

City Forest exploration

18 June

We went to City Forest this week to see what there was.  It is a remarkable set of trails for the summer.  the south side of the bridge especially is surrounding wetlands and the feeders for the creek.  It has some wonderful woodland wildflowers, including Moccasin Flower, Blue Bead Lily, Rattlesnake Plantain, Golden Alexanders, Canada […]