Walk on the Wildflower Side

  • Mom and RowanOh, yes I did.

I titled this post what I did a) to get an eye-roll from you and b) because that is just what several of us did last Saturday. Cameras were slung over shoulders as intrepid amateur botanists crossed Cranberry Run to record spring wildlflowers on the Quarry Farm.

The “first really good time walking through the woods taking photos of pretty things” Spring Wildflower Photo Shoot and Sketch Walk resulted in a good list of the showiest wildflowers that Northwest Ohio has to offer in May. At least those that we could identify. 

RMcKeeA late blooming season resulted in here-and-gone bloodroot blossoms and trout lilies, but we did see the distinctive foliage. The same cool conditions did mean that ramps were still green and a few Dutchman’s breeches were starched white and puffed. There is a new trail cleared for visitation around the old oxbow, a site rich with engraved brackets, soft moss and woodduck calls. An expanding forest of mayapples lines the ridge of this young path.

Here’s the list, common names only, and a few photos of flowers and other wild things seen that day. The gauntlet is down, Becky. Let’s see what you’ve got on your box.

  • Bloodroot (foliage)
  • Toadshade
  • Wood Violet
  • Cinquefoil (Common?)
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Dutchman’s Breeches
  • Mayapple
  • Wild Ginger
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Spring Beauty
  • Cutleaf Toothwort
  • Dandelions
  • Creeping Jenny
  • Wild Geranium
  • Trout Lily
  • Ramps (stems and leaves)

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