I set out to survey the flowering plants of my recently-purchased land, which almost immediately expanded to an informal general life survey. I used the incredible tool iNaturalist to track observations. My iNat project is "A Land Like This One". Thank you to Nathaniel for his contributions and company.
This data was collected over approximately 20 visits from March through December, averaging perhaps 3 hours of active search/exploration time per visit. At the time of writing this... 653 observations351 research grade* observations238 taxa140 research grade species95 research grade plant species80 research grade flowering plant species
The numbers are strongly skewed by sampling bias and my areas of interest/knowledge: I am most familiar with herbaceous flowering plants. (63% of flowering plant observations are research-grade vs 33% of insects and 7% of fungi)I know little of protozoans, grasses, non-vascular plants, and birds and largely ignored them. I visited mos…
On April 12th, 2019 I purchased six acres of hemlock-birch woodland in Windsor, NH. It is covered in boulders and moss and ferns and wildflowers and has a brook running right across it. There are areas of swamp, marsh, and dry woodland both sloping and flat. Plus an ancient outhouse :)
Less than two months passed from my first thought of buying land to close. I fell in love with it from the online listing. It was February, but the photos were from mid-summer. The second photo in the listing showed the brook lush with cardinal flower and ferns - that made me swoon. The third photo showed an enormous boulder - that stole my heart.
I visited for the first time in March. The snow was up to my knees, but I found the seed pods of an orchid species I had never seen before - that sealed the deal. I had to have it.
As the snow has melted, I have only fallen more and more in love with it. I'm an amateur botanist and a wildflower worshiper - this is my heaven.
Spring comes late in my shady New Hampshire woodland - but it is finally here!
Three weeks ago, the land was still half covered in ice. This weekend, the first wildflowers are blooming, and more are on the way!
The sessile bellwort was the first wildflower I saw in bloom:
That surprised me - I expected the trailing arbutus to be first. But here it is, only in bud:
The first of the painted trillium was also blooming:
And tiny tiny golden saxifrage was flaunting its diminutive flowers. It takes a macro shot to see it properly:
The bluebead lily will be coming soon:
As will the goldthread, also in bud:
The platanthera orchids (Platanthera sp.) are emerging. I'm especially excited about these! From last year's bloom spike and seed pods, I was able to narrow it to something in the Platanthera genus, but I don't yet know which species:
I'm also watching this coralroot orchid (Corallorhiza sp.) - again not sure which species. You can see last year's bloom spike on the lef…