Month: July 2014

Orchid #6

Our sixth orchid to bloom (actually 7th, but I didn’t find the Ragged Fringed until too late, plus they were off-trail) is Club-spur Orchid, Platanthera clavellata! This small greenish woodland orchid is so hard to find until it blooms. Well, even then it is…

Summer Wildflowers and Some Bugs (of course!)

Now that summer is in full swing, I wanted to post a list of what was in bloom. There are lots of bigger, showier flowers growing in the sunny, open areas of the preserve and smaller, yet just as beautiful flowers thriving in the…

175 Square Feet

Today’s post is going to focus on our butterfly nectar garden out in front of the Nature Center. This space was created back in 2003 and planted with native prairie species of wildflowers. Over time, the composition has changed a bit and other species…

Rhododendron in Bloom!

The beautiful native rhododendron is finally in bloom. Big, white blossoms with just a tinge of pink before they open make these flowers particularly appealing. Although there are not a huge amount of blooms this year, there are enough to make your day. Come…