I missed this one due to the nature walk below, but that didn't stop our volunteers, including first-time Palos volunteer Karen, from collecting an impressive haul of garlic mustard at Cap. Ten bags was the reported haul, and can be seen in the slideshow below.
Nature Walk at McClaughrey Springs Woods Saturday May 20
This was another fun walk on a cool beautiful spring morning. As is our norm, we took our time, with frequent stops to admire and discuss whatever plants we found along the trail We're in a transitional phase right now, with most of the spring ephemerals fading and the summer flowers getting ready to bloom.
We had the good fortune to find big patches of wild geranium and woodland phlox, in addition to a number of other treats, including two species of native waterleaf. One of them, great waterleaf, is having a banner year - I've seen more of it at McClaughrey and Swallow Cliff than I can recall in recent years..
Black Partridge Woods Sunday May 21
Twin targets of the morning were Dame's rocket, in full bloom, and garlic mustard, which had dropped most of its flowers and attempted to hide from us. As George aptly pointed out, the Dame's rocket, with it's greater stature and bulk, fills a bag much faster than does garlic mustard.
We were joined on this hunt by first-time Palos volunteer Billy, and worked beneath and along the side of a slope that overlooks the Des Plaines River and Goose Lake. As is the case whenever you visit Partridge in spring, the native flowers are stunning. Truly a special place!