Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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Summer flowers are here

10 July

The Michigan Lilies are blooming in my yard.  I love the chandelier look of the flowers as they curl the petals up and drop the stamens down.  All things Black-eyed Susan should be blooming now and the lilac blooms of the Bee Balm (Monarda) are drawing bees and hummingbirds.  Ox-eye daisies are peppering the road sides and Common and Swamp Milkweed are ready to bloom.  There are still a few Spiderwort blooming.  Every pea relative will be blooming or setting seed within weeks.  Liatris and Yarrow round out the bouquet.  Tall Common Fleabane and smaller common Tickseed can also be found.

All the cherries are coloring up the fruit and the grapes are getting bigger, so lots of fruit for the birds.  The various Dogwoods and  Elderberries are also setting fruit.  Most of the Serviceberries are already gone to hungry birds.


The cooler days helped slow the explosion of flowers in late June, so we have a breather to see these flowers before the showier Sunflowers and Asters round out the season.  Enjoy the trails.

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