I drove up to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary the other day to see their new wildflower gardens and take some wildflower photographs. The gardens have just started to bloom so there were a few flowers to photograph, but peak season will not be for a few weeks.
After spending some time in the gardens, I decided to hike the Silver Spring Trail which is sometimes closed in the morning for bird banding, and it was now the middle of the afternoon. Maybe there would be something new on the trail.
Wow! I certainly made the right choice! There it was… right on the side of the trail. I have not seen a Jack-in-the Pulpit since I was a little girl, so I was surprised to see one on the Silver Spring Trail. I had never seen one there before and I almost missed it, as you can see looking at the 2nd photograph. It’s hard to see Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
A Jack-in-the-Pulpit gets it name because it looks like a preacher in a pulpit. It has a green and purple striped hooded tube the grows right beneath a large 3-part leaf. Within the tube is “Jack” (the preacher) that will be covered with miniscule flowers that become bright red berries in August. I will have to keep an eye on it this summer. So cool…
Have you ever seen a Jack-in-the Pulpit?
The Canada Mayflowers are blooming all over Cape Cod. They are a small woodland plant with tiny 4-petaled flowers clustered on stems like miniature bottle brushes. They only grow to about 4.”
I saw this Canada Mayflower at Fort Hill. There were many around, especially along the boardwalk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail.
So pretty and delicate, don’t you think?
The bright yellow color with a hint of orange of the Scotch Broom caught my eye the other day as I was walking to the beach.
The Scotch Broom is a stiffly branched shrub with 1″ yellow pea-shaped flowers near the end of the branches. The plant grows 3-5 feet and the flowers bloom in May and June in sandy soil.
Have you ever seen a Scotch Broom? Pretty flower, don’t you think?
If you want to see gorgeous Starwort Chickweed wildflowers, go to Fort Hill in Eastham. They are everywhere along the side of the trails in the meadows. The Star Chickweed wildflower is just magnificent, but it is so small that you might miss it or its pretty colors. As they start to go by, the pinks and golds turn dark.
So delicate and pretty, don’t you think?
Each year about this time, the Wild Irises bloom at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. They are easy to spot off the trail as they are so colorful and grow fairly tall.
Pretty, don’t you think?
It’s another spectacular year for the Lupine at Fort Hill. They are just beautiful! If you’re in the area, it’s worth the visit! They are in full bloom right now… so don’t wait too long!