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Pussytoes and Polygala, Oh My!

14 May

Well, the cool nights and warm days have slowed the bloom, but there is ever more to see.  This week, the Polygala (Gay Wings) are open everywhere, mile 4, mile 9, Pine Haven.  At Averill Preserve the Pussytoes are spreading in the sun and sending up their dainty flowers. The many Bedstraws are blooming and spreading in the boggy areas.   In addition, the Wild Geranium, Star Flower, Wood Anemone, and Violets of every color are vying with the Wild Strawberries for attention.  There are still Trillium and Jack in the Pulpit and in the woods Pine Haven, the Wood Betony (Canada Lousewort) is blooming.  At Szok Nature Preserve, the Woodland Phlox is putting on it’s yearly show above the Salt River.


The Apples and Crab Apples have been spectacular all over and the Hawthorne, Pin Cherry, Choke Cherry and Black Cherry are starting to bloom.  Grey, Silky and Red Twig Dogwood will all be blooming soon.  The Spring pastel colors of the newly leafed-out trees will soon be replaced with Summer greens.

In the Arbutus Bog, the Blueberries are blooming and in Veterans Memorial and Pine Haven, the Blue Bead Lily and Currants are blooming.  At Dow Gardens, Red and White Baneberry were already blooming.  They are slower in other places, but the Gold Thread has bloomed and is setting seed and the Shooting Stars are in full bloom.  Marsh Marigold has finished blooming but the Swamp Buttercups and Crowfoot are beginning their season.


It is a glorious time to walk in the parks or on the trails!  Let me know what you are seeing!

3 Responses to “Pussytoes and Polygala, Oh My!”

  1. Julie Welsh May 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Wish I had been walking along with you! 🙂

  2. Nancy Stark Higgins May 15, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Gina, what is the yellow flower above? I thought the lavender flower above was a wild phlox. Could you reference what the picture is in your blog so I can get the name correct? Yes I need to start walking the trail as well.

  3. Ingrid May 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    I wish we were closer so that we could enjoy the trail too!

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