A sampler of blooms along Veterans Trail

After a soggy Fourth, the sun shone brightly today.  So, with a breeze brisk enough to keep even the deer flies at bay, I decided to saunter along Veterans Trail in Ballston Lake to see what was in bloom and otherwise present along this 3.5-mile bike/pedestrian trail.  It has been a nearly a month since I last visited this site as part of my ongoing wildflower inventory here.

Many various blooms now provide a colorful backdrop along much of this trail; several are pleasantly fragrant as well!  (The latter include Garden Valerian, Sweebrier, Common Milkweed and a few remaining Dame’s Rocket.)

Here’s a sampling of what awaits your visit…

Great Willow Herb (AKA Fireweed)

Great Willow Herb (AKA Fireweed)

Branched Centaury

Branched Centaury

Canada Lily (orange form) candelabra of blooms

Canada Lily (orange form) candelabra of blooms

Creeping Bellflower

Creeping Bellflower

Happy trails!

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