Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Another nice feature of living in Quincy is that if I miss the cycle of a certain wildflower, I can usually drive in the other direction, toward Reno, gain a couple thousand feet in elevation, and find the same flower experiencing its spring arrival when it's already summer in Quincy.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As I wandered around looking for milkweeds, I saw a number of Monarch Butterlies cruising the airways, but none landed on the Dogbane or Purple Milkweed. I suspect they were waiting for their favorite species to bloom, That would be the Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. In this particular area that could be another couple of weeks.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
[Photo of False Solomon's Seal accidentally deleted from this spot during editing. I'm going to wait until I get near a decent WiFi connection before trying to fix it.]
At the roadside that marks the spot, there are many Western Dog Violets blooming. They are quite short and fairly well-hidden by the taller wild grasses, Mugwort, and other foliage. This is the only species of violet around here that's violet or blue, most of the others being yellow. And we have a white species, Macloskey's Violet. This one is Viola adunca.