Summertime Wildflower Sampler #2

During my wildflower inventory visit today to Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood in the Town of Ballston, I decided to take some extra time to explore the wetland area bordering the clear-flowing stream that enters the property from the far west end of Hawkwood Trail (white markers).  I’m so glad I did!  Within an area about the equivalent of the footprint of an average home, I found a surprising variety of blooming wildflowers.

Here’s a sampling of what I observed –

Arrow-leaved Tearthumb

Clayton’s Bedstraw

Blue Vervain

Monkeyflower

Water Horehound

False Pimpernel

Big Bur Reed

Wild Mint

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed

Canada Thistle

Common Smartweed

Spotted Jewelweed

Ditch Stonecrop

Boneset

Dwarf St. Johnswort

While quietly and slowing walking about wetland area in search of another bloom, I noticed that I was being observed by the watchful eye of this spectator –

Great Blue Heron

While walking the woodland trails, I also observed these blooming wildflowers –

Mad-dog Skullcap

Indian Pipe:  New blooms on the left, stems and empty seed pods from last year on the right

Happy trails!

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Summertime Wildflower Sampler

After yet another soggy week, today’s sunshine beckoned me to take another stroll along the Historic Champlain Canalway trail.  I returned to the segment in the Town of Waterford to continue my wildflower inventory.

Here is a sampling of what I observed –

Creeping Thyme

Chicory

Woodland Sunflower

Helleborine

Blue Plantain-lily (someone must have planted three plants along the trail)

Garden Phlox

Agrimony

Smooth Sumac

White Vervain

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Dillen’s Tick Trefoil

Purple Loosestrife

Red-osier Dogwood

Ripening now – American Black Currant; Recipes to consider:  Currant Parfait and Cherry Ginger Chicken with Currants

Lopseed

Wild Mint

Mad-dog Skullcap

Check out my revised page for the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail, now with information and photos of the trail segment in the Town of Waterford.

Happy trails!

Saturday sampler along Veterans Bike Path

Sunny.  Low humidity.  Low 80s.  What a spectacular August day!

Veterans Bike Path beckoned me.  Another week has passed and it is time to revisit this site to continue my ongoing wildflower inventory, particularly since this one is winding down.  I will prepare a wildflower field guide for this trail and have it posted on this blog in March 2015.  Stay tuned!

I walked the southern half of the trail today (from Route 146A north to the 1.75-mile marker) and observed, among other species, these blooms –

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Woodland Sunflower

Woodland Sunflower

Early Goldenrod

Early Goldenrod

Boneset

Boneset

Flat-topped Goldenrod

Flat-topped Goldenrod

Virgin's Bower

Virgin’s Bower

Moneywort

Moneywort

Purple-leaved Willow Herb

Purple-leaved Willow Herb

Tall Goldenrod

Tall Goldenrod

Great Lobelia

Great Lobelia

Teasel

Teasel

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Happy trails!