Given the near absence of winter thus far, I have continued my wildflower inventories at a few locations. And those activities have me thinking about spring and the upcoming return of blooming wildflowers throughout the next growing season.
With that in mind, I wanted to offer this sneak peak screen shot of five new wildflower field guides that will be available on this site in March. Each of these new guides will be in Microsoft PowerPoint Show format (ppsx), featuring easier navigation throughout each document and higher resolution photographs as well as additional information regarding many of the species contained in each guide. Unfortunately, each of these digital files is much larger than my previous wildflower guides; thus, downloading will take more time. Those new wildflower guides will include:
- Ashford Glen Preserve
- Bauer Environmental Park
- Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail
- Peter Desrochers Memorial Country Knolls Trails
- Zim Smith Trail
Also, please check my updated status of wildflower inventories. I will be adding one of those destinations (Anchor-Diamond Park at Hawkwood Estatel) as a new page on this site sometime later this year.
In the meantime, view my winter plant ID quiz.
Lastly, a reminder to keep a watchful eye for ticks. During a winter as mild as this one has been, they remain active. Last week, I found two while visiting a local preserve!
Yesterday, I continued my wildflower inventories at Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail and along the Zim Smith Trail (that portion located within the Town of Ballston). Here is a sampler of what I observed –
Hairy Cat’s Ear
Low Hop Clover
Today, I similarly continued my wildflower inventory at Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve. Here is a sampler of what I observed –
Eastern Blue-eyed Grass
Tall Meadow Rue
Stout Blue-eyed Grass
Happy Summer Solstice Eve!
As always, happy trails.
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 –
American Black Currant
Garden Red Currant
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
Interested in seeing more? Consider joining me for a Wildflower Ramble at 2pm on Saturday, May 14, as part of the 3rd Annual Open Space Day celebration in the Town of Clifton Park.
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.