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 …

Horsefeathers

I think this is more coltsfoot, although I still immediately think “dandelion” when I see them.  These have already gone from yellow to white dandelion clocks.  I’m surprised at how early in the season they have gone from flower …

First Yellow

Not surprisingly, the first flower that has “bloomed”, so to speak, along the river is a dandelion look-alike.  For whatever reason, the stems of these flowers give me the creeps.  I am pretty sure they are coltsfoot ( Tussiago farfara

Christmas Colors

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly tree bears the crown.

Red and green are traditional Christmas colors but there is little red along the …

Decomposing Weed

It is interesting to watch the weeds react differently to the changes in weather.  Many of the small weeds are vibrantly green still, particularly since the snow has stayed away and there has been a lot of moisture.  This broadleafed …

Snowy Weeds

I can’t stand weeds in my garden but they offer such interesting symmetry in wilder areas that I’m a bit forgiving!  These rosettes emerged late in the year and caught the recent dusting of snow.  The flakes were more like …

One Last Hurrah

Most flowers are fading but there is some new growth still.  I suppose as long as their is moisture, sun, and some warmth, nature will continue to work its magic. Of course, the best examples I saw this morning were …

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!  …

Going to Seed

It is becoming time for plants to shed.  The many thistles in the area around the river are browning up and starting to break apart.  I have seen a few milkweed pods opened but they seem premature, as if bugs …