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Jul. 3, 2022

Winged loosestrife, grass pinks, two wild roses, and these marsh peas (Lathyrus palustris), Lou Campbell Preserves fens are having their pink days.

Jul. 2, 2022

Here's a nice patch of palegreen orchids in a fen.

Jul. 1, 2022

Grass pinks again! These non-resupinate orchids are plentiful at this preserve. This individual has pale pink flowers compared to the others.

Jun. 30, 2022

Lou Campbell Preserve is part of the Oak Openings system of parks and preserves west of Toledo OH. I was there Tuesday on a successful search for orchids. These St. John's-worts were also nicely in bloom. They turned out to be Hypericum swinkianum. This was first recognized and described as a new species in 2016 from specimens from the Chicago region. Since then it has been found in the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The Oak Openings site seems to be the most southeastern location so far.

Jun. 29, 2022

This larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and others flowers are currently decorating a roadside along US-12 in the Irish Hills. They were obviously planted, and I would be surprised in the seed packet didn't include some mention of wildflowers. Almost all of them originated on another continent, but they all are to some degree becoming part of our flora. This particular patch doesn't yet show any signs of spreading. So now I'm going to whine. Why can't they just put natives in those envelopes? We have our own wildflowers! And why would anyone stop and take pictures?