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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

5-23 Tower Mustard

5-23
Tower Mustard lifts its little yellowish flowers over fields and waste places.
Dame's Rocket - an alien member of the mustard family - is starting to flower. It may be white, pink or purple.
The geranium relative, Herb Robert, tints damp woods and roadsides.
And the rare Lance-leaved Violets are starting to lift above the grass.
John
Tower Mustard

Dame's Rocket

Herb Robert

Lance-leaved Violet

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5-22 Bouncing Bet

5-22
Bouncing Bet, AKA Soapwort, is opening a few flowers.
The diminutive, but common, flowers of Sleepy Catchfly fleck roadsides.
Low-running Blackberries trail through weedy areas and thickets.
And Pink Moccasin Flowers, on of our more common orchid species, are coloring woodlots.
John
Bouncing Bet

Sleepy Catchfly

Low-running Blackberry

Pink Moccasin Flower

Monday, May 21, 2018

5-21 Bunchberry

5-21
Bunchberry - the smallest member of the Dogwood family - is starting to flower.
And, our local Indigo Bunting finally sat still long enough for me to get a picture.
John
Bunchberry

Indigo Bunting

Sunday, May 20, 2018

5-20 Red Baneberry

5-20
Red Baneberry and Swamp Buttercup are among the native species in flower.
Alien Tartarian Honeysuckle is coloring thickets.
John
Red Baneberry

Swamp Buttercup

Tartarian Honeysuckle

Saturday, May 19, 2018

5-19 Starry False Solomon's Seal

5-19
Starry False Solomon's Seal is starting to open a few flowers as is Wild Madder. Both are common roadside species.
In the thickets, Hawthorn is having its day. Field guides claim as many as 50 varieties of hawthorn and say that identification is best left to the experts!
John
Starry False Solomon's Seal

Wild Madder

Hawthorn

Friday, May 18, 2018

5-18 Azalea

5-18
Azaleas are opening along the banks of the West River, red Clovers are starting to flower and Autumn Olive is at its peak.
John
Azalea

Clover

Autumn Olive

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5-17 Hooked Crowfoot

5-17
Hooked Crowfoot, one of the many species in the Buttercup family, is open for business.
Galaxies of Common Cinquefoil blaze in the fields.
Blue-eyed Grass is putting in an occasional appearance.
American Copper butterflies are taking advantage of the bounty!
John
Hooked Crowfoot

Common Cinquefoil

Blue-eyed Grass

American Copper

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5-16 Thyme-leaved Speedwell

5-16
The tiny flowers of Thyme-leaved Speedwell come in tow colors - white or pale blue. The leaves of this Speedwell are 1/4 - 1/2 inch long. Flowers are from 1/8 - 1/4 inch wide.
John

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5-15 Bugle

5-15
Bugle - a mint family member that has escaped from cultivation - colors lawns. And Forget-me-nots, a plant of wet places and gardens, are starting to flower.
Also seen: a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly!
John
Bugle

Forget-me-nots

Monday, May 14, 2018

5-14 Fringed Polygala

5-14
Fringed Polygala, AKA Flowering Wintergreen, is brightening roadsides today.
John
Fringed Polygala

Sunday, May 13, 2018

5-13 Field Mustard

5-13
Field Mustard, Golden Alexander and Philadelphia Fleabane are among the species starting to flower.
Also seen: Chestnut Sided Warbler and female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
John
Field Mustard

Golden Alexanders

Philadelphia Fleabane

Saturday, May 12, 2018

5-12 Sand Spurry

5-12
The little pink stars of Sand Spurry color lawns and waste places, conical clusters of white flowers mark Red-berried Elder and the frail yellow flowers of Clintonia rise in damp shaded swales.
Also seen: Scarlet Tanager
John
Sand Spurry

Red-berried Elder

Clintonia

Friday, May 11, 2018

5-11 Bird's-eye Speedwell

5-11
Bird's-eye Speedwell, AKA Germander Speedwell, an alien species, is opening the first of its many flowers.
Pin Cherries are in full bloom.
And a Baltimore Oriole posed nicely on my suet feeder while I took its picture.
John
Bird's-eye Speedwell

Pin cherry

Baltimore Oriole

Thursday, May 10, 2018

5-10 blueberry

5-10
Blueberries and Black Chokecherry are in flower on Black Mountain.
John
Blueberries and bumblebee

Black Chokecherry

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

5-10 Celandine

5-9
The four petaled flowers of Celandine color damp roadsides and waste places. Celandine is a member of the poppy family.
Long-spurred violets color open woods.
Also seen: Milberti Tortoiseshell butterfly.
John
Celandine

Long-spurred Violets

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5-8 Sweetgale

5-8
Sweetgale's male catkins cluster on twig ends. Female cones are in leaf axils, often but not always, on separate plants.
Leatherleaf's rows of dangling bellflowers are at their peak. Both Leatherleaf and Sweetgale are found near water.
Canada Violets are also open. If in doubt about the i.d. of this violet look for a purple stain on the back of its petals.
John
Sweetgale

Leatherleaf

Canada Violets

Sensitive Fern growing

Sensitive fern is open its "arms" wide.

Monday, May 7, 2018

5-7 Wood Betony

5-7
Wood Betony is starting to open a few flowers.
Cyprus Spurge is starting its season.
Pink Lady Beetles, aphid predators, are flocking to Garlic Mustard.
And a Toad rests for the day in a damp, cool hole.
John
Wood Betony

Cyprus Spurge

Pink Lady Beetles on Garlic Mustard

Toad

Sunday, May 6, 2018

5-6 Tent Caterpillar

5-6
Tent Caterpillars have draped cherry trees with web shelters. They leave the shelters to feed and return to the shelter to digest that food.
American Fly Honeysuckle and Hobblebush are both in flower. The large white outer flowers of Hobblebush are infertile. The small greenish central flowers are fertile.
I also saw an Indigo Bunting.
John
Tent Caterpillar tent

American Fly Honeysuckle

Hobblebush