We monitored at a corridor site we call Gentian meadow this morning. The park system has been working on clearing out buckthorn and we stopped by to see how the Fringed Gentian is faring. The answer is very well, thank you. We counted well over a hundred on less than two acres.
This was the only plant in full bloom. My guess is the rest will bloom by Labor Day. I'm hoping to return and record the show.
Paul is our self described butterfly nut and amateur photographer. This is how he spends most of his time.
Here is a pollinator caught in the act. You can just see the bumble bee's back legs coated in pollen.
Across the road is the corridor site known as Bumpus. We spent the remainder of our morning there.
Denise verified that this is the aptly named Tall (or Giant) Sunflower.
Close up of Tall Sunflower
Common Chicory - not native, but I can't resist that beautiful blue color
There were at least one hundred of these small orchids (Spiranthes species) in bloom around the Bumpus pond.