"… to be used for nature study and as a preserve for birds and other wildlife."- Carmen Hambleton Warner
Well, May is finally here and with it are all the beautiful but brief wildflowers that we all love. Our intrepid intern has diligently been tracking down all the flowers currently in bloom. I thought this might be a good time to reset the flower lists. So far I have been listing only the new flowers that come into bloom, but since we’re about half way through the season I’m starting with a list of all the flowers in bloom. So on this list you might see some species that have been previously listed. Please note though, that any following list of flowers will be only new things in bloom.
Many of you have been asking about orchids, and I am happy to report the orchid season has begun! Our first native orchid is in bloom – the Showy Orchis. We have one plant close to the trail for you to see. We have it flagged and we will give you directions when you get here. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ohio’s native orchids, you may be a bit disappointed The plant is quite small, only a few inches high, and while the flowers are pretty, they do need a close look to be truly appreciated.
Several of our azaleas are ready to burst, including the one that smells oh, so wonderful! It looks like the Flame Azaleas are still a little way off though.
Here are a few of the flowers you might come across when walking the trails!