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Rose Pogonia, photo by Lorraine A. Anderson

July 21st, 2004 - Report by

Today we saw more of one orchid than we have ever seen, solved a two year old "Mystery Plant" saga, saw a plant we hadn't seen in probably five years and saw a plant we don't think we have seen before!!!! What a day!!!

We started off planning to be explorers - exploring the county next to us, Lake County. Just going up County Road #6 on the roadside we saw some sunflowers that we haven't seen in our county. We had heard from Stuart who read about it in the book "Wildflower Safaris by Car" that there were many Rose Pogonias (beautiful, small orchid) accessible by car in Lake County. Well, he was right seems like there may be 100. One of us stayed on the road with field glasses while the other two donned our boots and went in the bog with our cameras. Also, in the bog we saw Sundew in bloom, Cotton Grass (a different kind) and Small Cranberry. What a treat!

As we drove along we saw, in bloom, Spreading Dogbane, Evening Primrose, Black-eyed Susan, White Water Lilies and Bird's-foot Trefoil cascading along the roadsides.
We had lunch at a picnic table overlooking the lake, in the shade and in the breeze at Dumbell Lake Campground.

We had noticed in the above mentioned book that there was another orchid, Dwarf Plantain on the trail to Manitou Overlook, just one block in. Well, we didn't find that but were treated by seeing Common Wood Sorrel (not at all common to us, maybe we saw a couple plants about 20 years ago). There were many plants and the flower was white with pink lines in somewhat like Spring Beauty except a bit larger.

On Highway 61 on our way home, out of the corner of our eyes we saw something blue and not the blue of Lupine. Well, we were late coming home but this warranted making a U-turn to see it more closely. We haven't seen this for about 5 years and figured it was gone due to road construction but here was a batch, larger than ever of Viper's Bugloss. Out came the cameras again.

After we parted I had one more thing to check. I went above Maple Hill Cemetary to see if the "Mystery Plant" from two years ago was blooming. We had gone there many times last year and - nothing. Well, here popping up all over the forest floor was our solution - Pinesap. Cindy Butler, a year ago, had seen the picture and e-mailed me that she thought it was Pinesap and I have lost her name but she was right. We have never seen that in our county!!!

See what we found last year at this time of year!

Be sure to stop back throughout the Summer to see our weekly wildflower reports from Lorraine Anderson of Grand Marais, Minnesota.



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2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

August 18th, 2004

August 4th, 2004

July 28th, 2004

July 21st, 2004

July 14th, 2004

July 8th - 11th, 2004

July 7th 2004

June 30th, 2004

June 29th, 2004

June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

Memorial Weekend

May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

August 9th, 2006

August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

June 14th, 2006

June 7th, 2006

May 31st, 2006

May 24th, 2006

May 17th, 2006

May 10th, 2006

May 3rd, 2006

April 26th, 2006


2005 Wildflower Reports:

August 10th, 2005

August 3rd, 2005

July 27th, 2005

July 20th, 2005

July 13th, 2005

July 6th, 2005

June 29th, 2005

June 22nd 2005

June 15th 2005

June 12th, 2005

June 10th, 2005

June 8th, 2005

June 1, 2005

May 25th, 2005

May 18th, 2005

May 11th, 2005

May 4th, 2005

April 20th, 2005

April 13th, 2005


2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003

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