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 Mayflower, Starflower, Rue Anemone, Bunchberry and Helleborine Orchids.
By the bridge are some cultivar Sweet William and lots of Canada Anemone.
There are numerous ground covers, including Wintergreen, Partridge berry (currently blooming) and the vining Hog Peanut and Wild Yamroot (I just added information on these to the database). There will be a lot of woodland and big leaf Asters in the fall. The ferns are spectacular.
There are also plenty of the regular players, like Goldenrod and Ox-eye daisy and Fleabane, as well as Stinging Nettle, Whorled Loosestrife and all the peas and clovers. There are plenty of Wild Strawberry (currently showing the berries) and Blackberries.
I haven’t made all the trails yet, so there is more to see over by Eastman and south of the farm. Even better, on a hot day, it is really cool in the woods–and the trails aren’t as steep as at Pine Haven.
Let me know what you are seeing in the parks of Midland County!