We came looking for white sweet clover and found more than we bargained for. Despite a dozen or so hard-working volunteers, we were only able to make inroads into a pretty large stretch of the plant. So we'll be back there again this Saturday; not the first time we've had multiple July visits to this site.
On a more positive note, many of the summer natives are starting to bloom. We saw wild bergamot, butterfly milkweed, desmodium (tick trefoil) and others. There will be much more coming down the pike as summer advances, reason enough to put serious effort into invasive removal. Setting the table for our lovely native species!
In addition to our volunteers, we had Erin, Evelyn, Jim and Wyatt from FPCC's Palos crew, with all but Jim returning Sunday (Jim was on other duty that day).
McClaughrey Springs Woods Sunday July 3
Sunday's primary focus was dame's rocket, through we found a surprising (to me) amount of garlic mustard still standing. Both are well past flowering so it takes a few minutes to get the eyes to focus on the distinctive seed pods (siliques) for ID purposes.