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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. |
Jun 26, 2011 9:43 PM CST
|Lots of versicolor irises (blue flag).|
Arrowhead plants. Tall meadow Rue.
Calla palustris (Water-Arum). Bullhead lilies.
Jun 26, 2011 9:49 PM CST
|Large Cranberry. Tiny red 'shrooms.|
Jun 26, 2011 9:57 PM CST
|And then D spotted them.....Rose Pogonias growing along the boardwalk! |
Jun 26, 2011 10:15 PM CST
|And near the end of the trail was another orchid....Calopogons! |
Pitchers and orchids.
Probably a Red Eft. And a female Common Yellowthroat. Can you spot the American Redstart?
Jun 27, 2011 10:20 AM CST
|Oh my!! I would have been in heaven too! The Orchids are just breathtaking!|
This just doesn't quit here, does it!!
I do think your mystery plant is Clintonia borealis, the Blue Bead Lily. And what a large patch of it!
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-societ...
and H. fimbriata http://www.wildflowersofontari... but we didn't look in the woods (maybe I should go back).
Early in July there are H. blephariglottis http://www.orchidspecies.com/p...
and late July, H. clavellata http://www.ct-botanical-societ...
and ragged fringed orchids (H. lacera) http://www.ct-botanical-societ... along the boardwalk.
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!|
Jun 27, 2011 5:09 PM CST
|Heart be still!|
Jun 27, 2011 7:02 PM CST
|Glad you like my posts Carol and Ursula!|
Jun 28, 2011 2:41 PM CST
|Thanks Bill! (See you soon!)|
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.|
Jun 29, 2011 10:56 AM CST
|Spring went by in a blur. At least I have the pics to prove it happened!|
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.|
This time the Clintonias had blue seed pods.
The 'shrooms were bigger.
Orange and yellow Canada lilies were out.
There was a loud hum around this shrub which turned out to be tons of busy bees.
Jul 4, 2011 8:26 PM CST
This has got to be one of the best Mushroom years lately? I love the Clintonias!
Jul 4, 2011 8:36 PM CST
|In the bog.|
Yellow Loosestrife (swamp candles)
Lots of Rose Pogonias still.
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!|
Fallen laurel flower. Hummer.
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!
Then there were these yellow flowers but too far to see what they were, too!
Jul 5, 2011 5:29 AM CST
|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.