Sunday, August 22, 2010

Coral in the Woods?

We've got another orchid in bloom for all you orchid connoisseurs out there. Tom found Late Coral Root today. It has just popped up, and only has one open bloom so far. And since this is at the end of the day on Sunday, and we're not open again until Wednesday, there should be plenty of bloom time left to get a peek at it.

For those of you not familiar with out native orchids, many of them are very small. Like lay down on the ground to see it small. Such is the case with this one. But I think these guys are worth the effort.

It's been super crazy around here, and I haven't forgot about you! I'm hoping next week I can get a post up about our very cool Catalpa caterpillars that were here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Can you find the Rainbow?

It's been a couple of weeks since we last chatted, but you'll have to forgive me as I was on vacation. I'm going to cut right to the chase here. There are a ba-zillion butterflies out there and tons of summer wildflowers in bloom. You can find all the colors of the rainbow in a very short amount of time. Following is a list of the butterflies I've observed and the flowers currently in bloom. Some of the flowers may be repeats from before, but I wanted to give you a thorough list of what you can see when you come out.

Also, please note we have some great programs coming up this weekend! See the bottom of the blog page for times and descriptions.


Butterflies

Spicebush Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Frittilary spp.
various Skippers
Silver Spotted Skipper
Red Admiral
Pearl Crescent
Red-spotted Purple
Question Mark
Comma
Summer Azure?
Eastern-tailed Blue


Wildflowers

Snowball Hydrangea (cultivated)
Joe-pye Weed
Ironweed
Rose Mallow
Dodder
Cup Plant
Rosinweed
Whorled Rosinweed
Thin-leaved Coneflower
Purple Coneflower
Brown-eyed Susan
Orange Coneflower
Sweet-scented Water Lily
Red Bee Balm
Monkey Flower
Obedient Plant
Mad Dog Skullcap
Water Horehound
Verbena (blue and white)
Swamp Milkweed
Wingstem
White Snakeroot
Orange Jewelweed
Pokeweed
Indian Tobacco
Tick Trefoil
Buttonbush
Goldenrod sp.
Flat-topped Aster
Cardinal Flower
Great Blue Lobellia
Bidens spp.