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 …

Milkweed Flowering

The plant that has most surprised me as I round 11 months of daily updates on this blog is the milkweed.  It is the plant along the riverbank that strikes me as being active most of the year.  It’s only …

Red Honeysuckle

The river bank is wild with honeysuckle in a variety of shades.  Most are still in their early blossoming but a few of the blooms on this red honeysuckle had opened all the way out.  We have had a lot …

From Pink to White

We seem to be progressing quite quickly, whether due to the very hot and cold weather changes or a feeling that spring was very brief this year.  These pink buds have exploded into white blossom on shrubs.  This 5 petal …

Shrub Blossom

These small pink buds have appeared on a shrub that is a favorite of the finches and sparrows, it’s so dense.  The pink is striking up close but it was surprisingly hard to see from even a few feet away.…

Spring Beauty

I was keeping my eyes open for the violets I saw recently but they seem to have disappeared, whether eaten or what it’s hard to know.  These small white-ish flowers appeared about 10 feet off the path and I found …

Pink Bells in the Rain

I am not sure what these are.  They might be part of the heath family.  The small spikes that appear above the flowers are intriguing.

Pink hanging bells, thin green leaves, and spikes

Pink hanging bells, thin green leaves, and spikes

Pink bell flowers, hanging, with raindrops, from the side

Pink bell flowers, hanging, with raindrops, from

Not a Weed?

This one is still a bit of a head scratcher.  The wildflower guide I rely on for identification mostly just punts on the Knotweed, which is so variable that it would take too much space to cover in the guide!  …

Woolly Hats

When we were small, we made Christmas ornaments out of stiff clothespegs, with a small cotton ball on top.  These red clover ( Trifolium pratense ) are relatively sparse on the ground but nice and bushy.

A Closer Look at Peas

The everlasting pea is a pretty flower that grows near the tracks.  I wasn’t completely sure that it was the right name until I saw the flat stems that help identify the plant.


Everlasting peas with flat stems