Wild Parsnips

These six petaled flowers were hard to distinguish but were covered with mating red beetles.  It appears to be wild parsnip or wild celery ( Angelica archangelica ).  The flowers themselves are very small, so they almost look round when the petals are still folded up.  You can see the paired beetles all over the place.

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 though, and my reassess my initial identification!

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 to seed.  It also surprised me how heavily dandelions existed where the grass was cut, but …

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 ) based on their general look and time of blooming. They are very hardy and …

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 icy grit and filled gaps but didn’t cover much.

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 two plants that I’m sure are going to end up in the “weed” family, whether …

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!  But I’m pretty sure it’s a type of knotweed.  It was growing in the sandy …

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 or other critters have had a gnaw at them.  This Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) …