Why Five Petals?

It’s interesting to me, as I try to identify plants I don’t recognize, how many flowers have 5 petals.  So many, in fact, that my flower guide seems to have more 5 petal pages for each color than any other.  …

Carrots are Coming

The wild carrot – more popularly known as Queen Anne’s Lace – has started to grow.  No flowers yet, but they’ll soon take the lead from the white asters and become the most common white flower around.  I think this …

Purple Alfalfa

I have a new appreciation for this lovely food plant.  The purple flowers look like a type of clover from far away, but as you get closer you realize they are these large lipped petals clustered together.  It’s a very …

Hold the Ketchup

This appears to be wild mustard.  It is a cluster of small yellow flowers – four petals – and has started to appear in very small pockets along the river.  I need to look a bit more closely at it …

No Marsh Mallow

This funny little green weed was emerging down near a marshy ditch.  The symmetry of the leaves caught my eye, as well as the crinkled edges.  I think it may be the common mallow (Malva Neglecta).  I certainly hope so, …

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 …

Deadly Nightshade

This is the only obviously poisonous plant I regularly see.  It regularly sneaks through our fence and it has a distinctive, pungent smell, not one I care for.  The bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) actually has quite nice, purple flowers and …

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 …