Were we looking for garlic mustard? Guess so...
Did we find it? Yes we did.
It wasn't in huge amounts, just enough to suggest we have some more pullin' to do. Some areas were fairly sparse, which was comforting. One newly recovering section, cleared of brush maybe 18 months ago with the help of Moraine Valley Community College staff, was pretty thick with the weed. The other side of the trail, subject of contractor work maybe two years ago, also had some targets for our clutching little hands.
The amazing part - not so amazing if you subscribe to my belief about Joe Neumann and the weather - is the thunder and heavy rain around 8 am, which cleared just before 9, then returned around 1:30 pm, just when we were wrapping up. How does he do that?
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday May 13
Mothers Day was also supposed to be rainy and turned out much better than the forecast. We walked through the south woods and pulled a fair number of plants, took and break and headed toward the prairie. I had to leave at that point so I'm not sure how much was found in that section of the woods, but I returned later in the day and found a lonely couple of shooting stars farther out on the prairie. Lovely!
One note: the newly emerging garlic mustard plants, closer to the ground, force you to bend much farther. Not cool at all...