Saturday I went to visit my friend in Moose Valley. We had a wonderful walk through her woods. I was especially pleased to see six Long-bracted orchids and some shrubs we had trouble identifying.
Monday J & I walked about three miles along highway 61. We were surprised at how many small flowers we saw that would be missed from a car: Bunchberries, Wild Lily-of-the Valley, Starflower, Wild Roses and Star Chickweed. It was nice being out - so fresh after the rain.
Wednesday - We have had quite a lot of rain and it shows. The different greens in the woods along the roads are so fresh. The maple woods are just as beautiful now as in the fall. Today we went > Schroeder > Temperance River Road > 600 rd > Sawbill Trail. Most of the showy flowers along the roads were yellow: Buttercup, Hawkweed and more Silverweed than we remember seeing in one place. On the Cramer Road we saw Golden Alexander's. It's been several years since we have seen them. It makes me think of Mary. This is a good year for Mt. Ash and Highbush Cranberry white flowers and also white on the roadside: Daisies, Caraway and Yarrow. As a contrast in blue were Iris and Lupine. Everything was wonderful except: black flies, biting House type flies and wood ticks. We were searching for Solomon Seal and Twisted-stalk but they were through blooming - next year. We did find the Small Sundrop road but that "crop" was rather slim and they are only 2-3" high. Lunch at Tofte Park - home 4:00 with smiles on our faces.