A journey into the eyes and mind of a naturalist.

Transitions

Spring is waning and summer is fast approaching.  As I have been documenting the flowering plants on my property this year I have noticed the progression of flowers seems to come in spurts of new blooms followed by relative pauses followed by another transition to a new group of flowers.  These pauses could be explained by the amount of time each species blooms, is pollinated and then wilts.  This post contains the last of the spring flowers and starts some of the early summer flowers.

Azalia

May 20:  Azalia

My lone azalia has been browsed by the deer upt ot about 5 feet.  The deer eat all the twigs and shoots in the winter leaving few flowers the following spring.

Strawberry 3

May 20: Strawberry

Strawberries are delicious for both humans and wildlife.  This flower had a surprise to offer, a springtail (the small black dot left of center).

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Springtails are amongst the smallest and most numerous insects on the planet.  They get their name from a tail like appendenge they use to “spring” away from danger.  They are so small they often go unnoticed despite their large populations in most areas.  Each spring when snow is still on the ground you can often find crowds of springtails in tree wells where the snow has melted and the sun is warm.

 

 

phlox

May 21:  Phlox

Phlox is another one of those plants of which I am not fond.  The attractive blooms are deceiving as the plants themselves will spread and quickly take over a given area.  These phlox are in several openings in the forest around my house.  If they ever get out of control I will keep the population in check!

 

 

Meadow Rue

May 25: Meadow Rue

We moved into our house 2 years ago.  The former owners were ambitious gardeners and we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into with all the gardens and flowers.  The first year was mostly about deer management.  Anything the deer wanted, they ate.  Many potential flowers ended up in the the bellies of our impressive local deer population.   This meadow rue is one of those that finally made it past the deer and bloomed.

 

Highbush Cranberry

May 25:  High Bush Cranberry

Pagoda Dogwood

May 25:  Pagoda Dogwood

Above are a couple of different varieties of iris I found this year.  The left is a native Blue Flag, the middle a mysterious yellow flag that I found blooming near the pond and the more domestic yellow iris on the right.

 

Peonies

May 26:  Peonies

Peonies are huge.  I’ve been challeged to take pictures of some ridiculously small flowers this year.  Peonies are on the other end of that spectrum, they’re HUGE!

 

Chives

May 26:  Chives

The flower of the chive looks like a single flower at first glance.  A closer look reveals a composite mosaic of many smaller flowers.  This creates a one stop shop for passing pollinators.

 

 

Duckweed

May 28: Duckweed

So this isn’t a flower….I think.  Duckweed is the smallest flowering plant on the planet.  The flower is little more than two small pistels with some pollen.  No petals, not flare, just function.  Each duckweed plant consists of two small leaves and several roots, there isn’t any extra energy to be invested in luxurious flowers.

 

 

Russian Sage

May 28:  Russian Sage

 

Spiderwort

May 28:  Spiderwort

 

 

 

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