Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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What a difference a week makes

03 July

Well I was going to blog about the rail trail on the 23rd–but to my surprise, woke up to flooding, not just along the rail trail but in my house and yard.  We spent the last week remediating and draining the waters from the house and garden.  The creeks and rivers went down and life is sort of back to normal

We went to Sanford and walked mile 8 and 9 of the trail.  The only real evidence of the severe flooding here is the bridge out over the Salt River at 7 mile road and the grey silt over the trail and covering all the brush and plants below the trail surface.  The ravines that were filled with Wild Ginger, Meadow Rue and beautiful arrays of ferns are pretty bare now.  The wild flowers along the trail took a little damage–but most of the ones lower on the slope had completed blooming.  There is a lovely bunch of Wisteria vines on 7 mile road just past the rail trail, toward the closed bridge.  Beautiful deep pink flowers.  See below



Black Eyed Susans and Monarda (Bee Balm) are opening up and Ox eye Daisies continue to bloom.  There are a few Swamp Milkweed blooming along with the Common Milkweed. There are still clumps of Common Yarrow blooming as well.   Spreading Dogbane is still blooming and the first of the Hemp Dogbane has started to bloom.  Near Veterans Park, there are some Pointed Leaf Tick Trefoil blooming–lovely pink blooms–see below


The yellow Birdsfoot Trefoil is also blooming and I expect that the Showy Tick Trefoil is blooming in Pine Haven.   A lot of the Crown Vetch was on slopes and is not blooming now, but we expect it will re-emerge.  There are some of the short Yellow Loosestrife blooming among the green of the Canada Goldenrod stems.  Purple Loosestrife (the invasive) is also starting to bloom.  See below

point trefoil

Elderberry is blooming magnificently and seemed totally unfazed by the flood.  Red Twig Dogwood is setting white berries, as are the Alternate Leaf dogwood.  Black and Choke Cherries are green on the trees.  Soon the Grey and Silky Dogwood berries will be in evidence also.  Wild Grapes are set as well.  Nine bark seeds appear as either grey-white or scarlet in huge clusters.  Most of the wild roses will have finished their bloom and some will be making Rose Hips.  Cattails have finished blooming and are making lovely brown clubs.

The Sunflowers are getting ready to bloom along with the Joe Pye Weed, Boneset and others.  So while there aren’t currently large swaths of color, all is ready for both pops of pinks and lavenders as well as the hot yellows of true summer.

Liatris (Blazing Star) and the wild mints should be blooming soon as well and Purple Coneflowers as well as the various yellow coneflowers will be in evidence.  Mullein is sending up the candles of yellow blooms.  Enjoy the warm summer days and look for new flowers every day.  Report what you have seen on this website.  Let us know if you find something new or different.

One Response to “What a difference a week makes”

  1. Karen Ellen Mills July 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    so sorry to hear about your water damage. i will keep you in my thoughts. i know you have been through similar damage in the past. i am hoping that you will be able to return to normal soon.

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