Touch Me Not Returns

The Himalayan Balsam – also known as Indian Touch-me-not – has returned.  The plants of have shot up, easily 4 or more feet high in many places.  Just as the dame’s rocket coated the riverbank in pink and white, now …

Musk Mallow

The bindweeds are small white and pinkish trumpet flowers and I almost wandered past this flower without a second look, thinking it was one of the same.  But it appears to be Musk Mallow ( Malva moschata ), another alien …

Goatsbeard

The top of this plant, before the flower opens, resembles a closed, green umbrella.  I am not sure I have ever actually seen the flower before.  It’s another Far Eastern import, called Western Salsify ( Tragopogon dubius) but is …

Creeping Blue Ivy

This ground ivy has appeared along the side of the path.  It may eventually get a trim when the lawn mowing starts but it is quite low to the ground and may stay below the blades.  The color is similar …

Show Me the Cabbage

This small white moth was fluttering around the long grass today.  I would have called it a “butterfly” out of laziness before but, after having seen so much larvae, I knew it was a moth.  I didn’t realize its white …

Horsing Around

 

I’d noticed a big pile of manure – not hard, when it’s in the middle of the footpath – in late summer.  Today there were fresh hoof prints for a shoed animal.  I assume it’s a horse but they …

Wild Roses

Seeing without seeing.  That was what occurred to me as I strode along the path and suddenly saw these beautiful orange rose hips.  The berries had just started turning on our wild roses at home so I knew immediately …

Creeping Thistle

Since this blog is all about observation and nature, it seemed appropriate to include another thistle.  I had no idea there were so many different types of thistles along this path.  The creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense), also known as canada …