Sunday May 28, Swallow Cliff Woods
Wednesday May 31, Paddock Woods
All of the above were garlic mustard hunts, with the most abundant targets found in a short stretch at Swallow Cliff. Not as much as McClaughrey, but we filled several bags in short order. Spears was great; just the infrequent cluster of GM, the bad guys few and far between.
Most of the spring ephemerals have lost their blooms so the early spring colors are somewhat muted. Green predominates now in the woodlands. The differing shades and textures, however, are remarkable.
Soon we'll run out of garlic mustard and start visiting the prairies. The prairie flowers will start a color fest lasting well into autumn. Joe is scheduling a couple days at McMahon which makes it likely we get reacquainted with last summer's nemesis, white sweet clover.