The rainy weather and near absence of bright sunshine largely kept me captive inside this past week. At last, the sun appeared on Saturday, and I spent the better part of it outdoors to catch-up on my wildflower inventories. My how things are greening up!
I began my trek by visiting the northernmost segment of the Zim Smith Trail. Not only was I treated to a variety of blooms, but I also added a few more species to my inventory list. I then visited Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail and afterward rounded out my day’s assignment with a hike at the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve.
Over the course of the day, I observed these blooms –
In addition, I also observed other plants in bloom; those included:
- Wild Strawberry and Wood Strawberry
- Wood Anemone
- Hoary Alyssum
- Common Blue Violet
- Dog Violet
- Japanese Honeysuckle
- Small-flowered Crowfoot
- Field Pussytoes
- Ground Ivy
- Canada Violet
- Early Winter Cress and Common Winter Cress
- Thyme-leaved Sandwort
- Thyme-leaved Speedwell
- Pin Cherry
The months of May and June provide the best opportunity to view the most species of wildflowers in bloom. I encourage you to find an opportunity each week over the next two months to visit a variety of local open space areas of your choice to enjoy the colorful array of blooms that await us.