Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The day of nineteen Purple Fringed Orchids!

A fun day in July 2015, in Michigan.  Marie and I visited some wet and muddy woods in search of the Purple Fringed Orchid.  We walked through the woods about 20 feet apart from each other and soon started to find this orchid. 
So what is it about walking through mud and woods - filled with mosquitoes that are hungry for new blood - that is so fun?  I'm not exactly sure, but it has something to do with the discovery of all the things we find. 
This time we counted nineteen individual plants of Purple Fringed Orchid!

We went to some new places on this outing finding more interesting things.  Here is what else we saw that day in July.

 Swamp Rose
 Indian Pipe
Kalm's St. Johnswort

After identifying some plants we realized that this place was special.  Most likely one of the Coastal Plain Marshes here in Michigan.  Look here to learn more about coastal plain marshes, http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/communities/community.cfm?id=10670
 Maryland Meadow Beauty
We saw hundreds of these!
 Hyssop Hedge Nettle with bee

 Lizard's Tail
             Just a pretty leaf Mike shared with me.

That about wraps up the month of July as far as wildflowering.  Thanks for stopping by.


Anonymous said...

Great post. It is fun poking around in swamps to see what's there. M :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

Yes it is! Especially when you are with someone else who likes to poke around in swamps! And an older sister for protection from anything scary!!