Orchids forum: The Hawley Bog

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Jun 26, 2011 9:09 PM CST
I went to a local bog today because I was gifted a little book with information about the chronology of plant life at the bog. The last time I saw bog orchids was about 10 years ago in New Brunswick, Canada. It was my first time at the Hawley Bog so I had no idea what to expect. I had read that there might be pitcher plants and some orchids in late June so I thought I'd see....We found a nice boardwalk to walk into the bog. There were several types of laurel.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Jun 26, 2011 9:43 PM CST
Lots of versicolor irises (blue flag).
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Arrowhead plants. Tall meadow Rue.
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Canada Lilies.
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Calla palustris (Water-Arum). Bullhead lilies.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 26, 2011 9:49 PM CST
Large Cranberry. Tiny red 'shrooms.
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Pitcher plants!
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 26, 2011 9:57 PM CST
And then D spotted them.....Rose Pogonias growing along the boardwalk! Hurray!
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Jun 26, 2011 10:15 PM CST
And near the end of the trail was another orchid....Calopogons! Hurray! Hurray!
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Pitchers and orchids.
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Probably a Red Eft. And a female Common Yellowthroat. Can you spot the American Redstart?
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Mystery plant.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jun 27, 2011 10:20 AM CST

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Oh my!! Lovey dubby I would have been in heaven too! The Orchids are just breathtaking!
This just doesn't quit here, does it!! Lovey dubby
I do think your mystery plant is Clintonia borealis, the Blue Bead Lily. And what a large patch of it!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 27, 2011 11:54 AM CST
There were MANY patches of it. Looks like you need to visit in late June, Ursula! Or sometime in summer....
The bog book also included Habenaria orbiculata http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/platantheraorb...
and H. fimbriata http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/purplefringedorchis.html but we didn't look in the woods (maybe I should go back).
Early in July there are H. blephariglottis http://www.orchidspecies.com/platanblephariglottis.htm
and late July, H. clavellata http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/platantheracla...
and ragged fringed orchids (H. lacera) http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/platantheralac... along the boardwalk.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Jun 27, 2011 12:53 PM CST
What a wonderful place to explore! Sounds like a monthly trip is in order through the summer months. Thank you for sharing!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jun 27, 2011 5:09 PM CST

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Heart be still!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Jun 27, 2011 7:02 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Glad you like my posts Carol and Ursula! Hurray!
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wha
Jun 28, 2011 9:28 AM CST
great shots kathy
Bill
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 28, 2011 2:41 PM CST
Thanks Bill! (See you soon!)
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wha
Jun 29, 2011 6:26 AM CST
that is right - looking forward to it - wish i could have seen your place this spring it looks great.
Bill
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Jun 29, 2011 10:56 AM CST
Spring went by in a blur. At least I have the pics to prove it happened!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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Jul 4, 2011 8:20 PM CST
We went back to the bog today and took a walk in the woods first. Turns out it used to be the center of town so there were foundations and info signage.
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This time the Clintonias had blue seed pods.
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The 'shrooms were bigger.
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Orange and yellow Canada lilies were out.
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There was a loud hum around this shrub which turned out to be tons of busy bees.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 4, 2011 8:26 PM CST

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Fascinating!
This has got to be one of the best Mushroom years lately? I love the Clintonias!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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Jul 4, 2011 8:36 PM CST
In the bog.
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Yellow Loosestrife (swamp candles)
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Lots of Rose Pogonias still.
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And Calopogons.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Jul 4, 2011 8:48 PM CST
Hi Ursula. I have had colonies of mushrooms come and go here but I have no idea if they are edible!
More pics.
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Fallen laurel flower. Hummer.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jul 4, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Now for mysteries.
D. spotted this Habenaria. But which one??? (lacera, blephariglottis, clavellata?) Too far to tell! Hoping this close plant will be one too. I'll just have to go back!
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Then there were these yellow flowers but too far to see what they were, too!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
Jul 5, 2011 5:29 AM CST

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Kathy, your pictures are wonderful!
I believe you can rule out lacera, I don't think it would be that white.
Paul Martin Brown ( Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States, a field guide) puts the blooming time for blephariglottis to June 28. - August 25. And the height 15 - 60 cm. Sounds promising!
Blooming time for clavellata is June 8. -August 29. But he gives the color as green to straw yellow.
Brown also lists Platanthera dilatata as white, and blooming time is June 10. to September 5, height 30 -108 cm.
This one is supposed to smell of cinnamon.

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