What's Blooming? July 2-6

The swamp candles (Lysimachia terrestris) are newly blooming! There are tons of them in the marshy area where the brook broadens.

I also found this little speedwell at the edge of the brook. I'm hopeful that it is the native marsh speedwell (Veronica scutellata) instead of one of the non-natives.

And I believe this is rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica) - another new find.

And the ghost pipes (Monotropa uniflora) are just starting to peek up!

They are so cool - they're parasitic wildflowers! As you can see, there's no green - thus no chlorophyll. Instead of photosynthesizing, they obtain all their energy by stealing them from fungi in the soil - which in turn obtain their energy from a symbiotic relationship with tree roots.

Some old friends are also still blooming - remember these?

Wood sorrel (Oxalis montana)

Cucumber root (Medeola virginiana)

Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)