Tuesday, May 15, 2007
More wildflower confusion
It's a good thing the spring wildflower peak is just about done here because I have many more photos of mystery flowers than I have the time or patience to sort out. I found these blooming over the weekend in my brookside haunt; the jack-in-the-pulpit that I found there has since grown very tall and there's still some spring beauties blooming. There could be other things hidden away there, but the understory is so full of garlic mustard that it would seem impossible to find anything else. My best guess for this flower is that it's some type of cress - maybe spring cress? At first I thought bluets, then some type of flax, then maybe a speedwell of some sort - but have settled on cress because of the alternate leaves. Whatever it is there's lots of it, but this is the only one that I found in bloom so far. It's been quite fun to return each week and see what's new and spend a little more time exploring the far ends of the greenway. The last two visits have been especially nice because of the spring migrants that are there in the woods and along the old horse pastures. This weekend I saw the first Indigo Bunting that I've seen in a long while and listened to it sing while I rested in the sunshine.