Crow’s Nest bloom highlights
By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager
If pink lady’s slippers are in bloom, then the showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis) is likely as well. Unfortunately the heavy rains have splashed dirt onto most of them—but you can see them along our Deep Woods Trail.
At the same time the pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclyminoides) is in bloom at the edge of the woods along Piersol Road.
And all over the preserve the nannyberry viburnum, Viburnum lentago, is also in flower.
Not a flower, but interesting and pretty nonetheless, are elm leaf galls. I don’t think I’ll try to narrow down the species that causes them, but I think the galls are created by an aphid.