I took several pictures that I thought she would like to do a blog on, I got dubbed to do it instead.
We walked downtown Camden after the rain made our climbing no longer something we could do safely. While in Camden I bought a great book to help me identify the flowers that we saw on our hike.
The top pictures are of common wild violets. These certain ones are white and yellow. There aren't many yellow ones in the wild here anymore so it was so nice to see some on our hike.
This beautiful maroon flower was so interesting. There were a ton of them out there but only this one was in full bloom. This is a red trillium, I could not remember the name when talking to my friend Margaret about this flower but she knew exactly what it was. They are also called Wake Robins because they bloom just before the Robins return from the South. What I found to be really interesting about this plant is that EVERYTHING about it grows in threes: leaves, petals, sepals, pistil, and stamens are all in threes!
This next plant, though not a wildflower, caught my eye because looked similar to a hydrangea, but the leaves were woolly and growing on old growth. It is a Hobblebush and is in the Honeysuckle Family. Not the greatest looking thing, a bit straggly, but the flowers are nice and I am sure it will look better when it is more filled out!
This here is a Yellow Clintonia or Blue Bead Lily (for the blue berries that it gets when the flowers have gone by). Being part of the lily family and not seeing lily of the valley in quite sometime, that is what I thought it was when I first saw it, but knew that they did not have such large leaves. The flowers are going to be small cream or yellow colored bells and lily looking when they open.
This next flower is called Wild Oats or Little Merrybells. Aren't they cute? They are also part of the lily family and are a type of Bellwort. These grow in clusters , as you can see from the first picture. The book says they do smell, but because of the droopy flower it is hard to get a good sniff.
Knowing that we all love irises, I hate to post these without the blooms, but I do believe that they will prove me right in being such. I believe that these are Blue Flag Iris. They grow on stream borders and in marshes, or anywhere wet. As you can see these are actually growing in the middle of the stream. I will be going to the area often enough that I hope to take more pictures when they are in bloom.
Knowing that my mother is such a tree person, I thought that showing the ability of a tree to grow just anywhere would be fun. This photo did not come out well, but is of the the root system of a tree. Hanging in nothing but air. This tree had grown so that it was in the cracks of the rocks that we were climbing. The root grew to the bottom of the crack and out of the underside.
The next picture is of the larger root that is growing along the crack. It is actually a very good picture and the contrast of color is really nice. The last picture is very bad, but if you look closely you can see that the tree is alive and starting to bud. Remember up north this far our growing season is well behind that of where my mother lives.
Thanks you for having me. I hope that you all enjoy the flowers. I hope to get out to the area again soon to take more pictures and hopefully find more wildflowers as the spring, summer, and fall comes upon us. Maine has many beautiful wild plants that grow here.