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Northern Bedstraw, photo by Lorraine A. Anderson

July 28th, 2004 - Report by

It was a hazy day today and we wondered if that meant rain, that we desperately needed, or smoke from Forest Fires in other areas. A new flower on the roadside today was Northern Bedstraw otherwise it was our old favorites: Fireweed, St. Johnswort, Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye Daisy and Bird's-foot Trefoil.
Jean had lost her walking stick and she felt it was in the DNR area near Spruce Creek. It was so lovely in there walking among the wonderful smelling Clovers. We found the walking stick next to the Sundrops that she was photographing.
Our next goal was to find the Purple Fringed Orchis near Solbakken Resort. We first made a wrong turn but soon found about 18 of them just along the road in the woods. The books say they like moist situations but there was no visible water there.
Next to the Snowmobile Parking Area near milepost #99. We like to go there to see the Nodding Thistle. When we first saw the developing seedpod we had no idea what plant it was. We could tell by the leaves it was a thistle but it took until the next year when we saw the flower to identify it. That area was the first place we saw the Spurred Gentian. The Crown Vetch was blooming but it looks like a while before the Spotted Knapweed blooms. Spotted Knapweed looks much like the annual Bachelor Button but we have been told it is too aggressive for its environment - that doesn't seem to be true in our county - so we just enjoy it.
Then to the area on the Bally Creek Road where we first saw Pipsissewa - it was still in bud but we did see the Bearberry, Snowberry and the one Rattlesnake Plantain (a small white orchid)
Lunch at Cascade Forest Campground where we enjoyed Arrowhead in the water and Meadowsweet on the edge of the water.
Before we ended our day we went above the Maple Hill Cemetary to see our former Mystery Plant the Pinesap. It was beginning to get a bit old. It seems in that area the Indian Pipes bloom one year and the Pinesap the next - are they biennials?? who knows? The day ended with us smiling through and through.

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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