We had a wonderful turnout for our wildflower walk on April 27. Our thanks to Joe Liggio who led the tour, and to Jim Willis, who had cold water waiting at the end of our hike.
We are always glad to see old friends, of course, but we were especially pleased that there were several people visiting for the first time. We hope they'll return many times.
The only disappointment was the paucity of orchids. There were a few rose pogonias (very few), one grass-pink orchid about to open, and one Spiranthes in bud. I'm guessing that the grass-pink orchids will be at their peak in a couple of weeks.
The white azaleas are just starting to bloom. American snowbells are blooming. There were blooming butterworts, sundews and bladderworts. The Kentucky wisteria (our native wisteria) was blooming. There was one blooming specimen on the preserve itself, with a number of them blooming along the dam that forms the lake. There were a few phlox, and one of the white milkweeds will soon be in flower. May will be a fine time to visit the preserve. And June, and July, and....