My first 2 wildflower posts are here and here if you'd like to look at them.
I've found two websites very helpful in my quest to identify and gather information about the various wildflowers I've noticed during my drives and walks. They are The Connecticut Botanical Society and Wildflowers of the Northeastern and Northcentral USA
Daylily - Hemerocallis fulva
Here the lilies are mixed with Queen Anne's Lace and what I think is Poison Hemlock. I've had a hard time finding a positive identification for this one, so if anyone can help, please let me know. Both the latter plants are members of the carrot family. You can also see it in the next photo.
Notice the tiny spot of red in the center of the Queen Anne's lace flower head.
Before the intricate flowerhead unfurls it looks like this, and is wonderfully fascinating. There's often a bright little bug of some kind to be found hiding in the hollow.
The Mayweed looks a lot like Oxeye Daisies, but the foliage is more lacey. It belongs to the Aster family. It's also known as Stinking Chamomile (charming name!) and Dogfennel. The Trefoil belongs to the Pea family.
St. Johnswort and Musk Mallow
The St. Johnswort belongs to the Mangosteen family.
Lilies and mallow
The front yard of the house hidden around the corner is full of both lilies and mallow. The people who live there apparently love both flowers so much that they've also planted this bank below their house full of them. What a fantastic display it makes! Lilies apparently love lots of water because they flourished during our wet Spring and Summer of 2006 more than I've ever noticed before.
Mallow has a family of it's own (Mallow - Malvaceae). I absolutely love this shade of pink!
Here's more of it brightening the bank of a stream beside the road.
On this particular stretch the roadsides were really spectacular.
It's hard to find a website that shows the various native berries. I've found chokeberries, pin cherries, and others, but I haven't found photos that clearly show the differences. If anyone knows their berries, or a good website for them, I'd appreciate the information.
We had another snow storm yesterday and the snow continues to fall today, but it's not bad compared to what we've experienced lately. Mother Nature teased us with a warm-up at the beginning of the week with temperatures around 50º and 60ºF (10 to 15C), but now we're back in the 20's and 30's (-1 to -6C).
Spring is coming though, and we have much to look forward to!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!