Tuesday, May 26, 2020

More Spring Things

Different places, different things....

           Spring Beauty

         Riverside Park - Ottawa County Michigan

     Wild Geranium

                                               Running Strawberry Bush

 Box Turtle
Hofma Perserve  -  Grand Haven Township Park

     Creek somewhere
               Marsh Marigold

 Cedar Apple Rust
 Cedar Apple Rust after a warm rain

Trillium - Nodding Or maybe Drooping?

 Wild Blue Phlox at Riverside Park, Ottawa County

 Flooding at Connor Bayou Park along the Grand River
 Connor Bayou
 There is a trail under all that water.  Connor Bayou Park

 Connor Bayou Park





       Squaw Root just coming up.

            Herb Robert

  First blooming Orchid for me this year at Stearns Creek Park, Pink Lady's Slipper

           Wood Sorrel

                        Royal Fern
 This beaver spied Mike and I from about 400 feet across the water.  It came fast towards us, then swam back and forth in front of us.  Every so often it would slap its tail and dive under the water.  We watched it for a few minutes, I took some video with my phone, then we left the area. 
Today it is 93 degrees!  We went from a nice cool spring, to hot summer days!  Spring  always seems to go fast, it was a good spring.
Take Care!


New Hampshire Gardener said...

I'd love to see some squaw root and cedar apple rust. I've never seen either one.
The nodding trilliums I see have deep purple anthers, so I'm not sure if yours is or isn't. Some plants have anthers that turn color with age.
I hope the flooding wasn't too serious. I heard about the dams bursting and hoped you and Jerry wouldn't be swamped by it. As if we don't have enough other things to worry about!

Plants Amaze Me said...

We have lots of Squaw Root here in our woods, so it must like something here in the soil. I’ve seen Cedar Apple Rust before but never this big and orange, or with those finger like things sticking out! The trillium, I guess I should have gotten a better closeup, I read about the differences, but I just wasn’t sure which one.
The floods caused by dams failing were in Midland about 100+ miles to the east from me, and ~80 miles from Jerry’s area, pretty much across the state. In about 10 days we had over 14 inches of rain some areas even more. The river here, the Grand River, floods many houses regularly near here. The ground water level is high, Lake Michigan also has high levels and has caused erosion, many houses have been lost into the big lake.
Yes enough with other things causes big problems for many people. I guess that makes it even nicer to sit and watch a calm duck!

New Hampshire Gardener said...

Yes, it was nice to watch that duck and believe I was "away from it all" but we never really are.

Sister in the Mid-west said...

I love your picture-walks! :) I don't think I have ever seen squaw root, lupine, or cedar apple rust. Wood sorrel is a special plant for me. It was my first wild edible. My Dad taught me to know what it was. We always called it Sour Grass. I don't know if anyone else calls it that. I have never met anyone who knew what I was talking about when I said Sour Grass.
Things are pretty flooded around us, too. We are in North/Central Illinois.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Sister in the Midwest, thank you I’ m glad you enjoyed the picture walk! Squaw root grows here in our woods, Lupine I transplanted from a gravel road that was being graded, so I guess it is rescued Lupine!
I’ve never heard of Sour Grass, or that you could eat Wood Sorrel. I just go by common names too, Growing up we called hepatica Mayflowers, and we ate the flowers. And Columbine we called Honeysuckle, we ate parts of those flowers. Stump mushroom hunting with my dad was a fun time too.
The flooded river has gone down some, it does cause problems. We live near the Grand River in west Michigan but we are fairly dry here.

Mary Stephens said...

This is lovely. Thank you. :-) Western Michigan is so beautiful in spring! I think you have been a little warmer than we have been here in Central Texas! We cooled off a little this week.

I remember hearing of sour grass. I actually can't remember if it was the yellow-flowered variety or the pink-flowered. My mom grew the pink flowered type in a pot, I think. I remember a friend having a large pot full of it. I am thinking that is what I heard called sour grass. My mom called it Oxalis.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Mary Stephens Thanks I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Our oldest son lives in Texas, the day we were 94 degrees, he had 72 degrees! It is usually the other way around. I much prefer the cooler temperatures, and most of our spring was cool.

I learned something now, Sour Grass. Oxalis, family group for wood sorrel, local common names sour grass or pickle plant.

Growing up we did eat some plants from around our property, including cattail root! My dad was a hunter and trapper, so we probably ate things like ducks and turkeys. We raised rabbits, always had a hunting dog, with seven kids in the family there were many mouths to feed.