Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)

I saw the leaves for this a week or so ago but today we saw three blossoming specimens.  Another beauty!  Every year I say the spring ephemerals are my favorite- and then the prairie flowers start, and they are my favorite, too!  My favorite plants tend to be those I’m looking at right now! 😃

Declined (white) Trillium (Trillium flexipes)

Another exciting find this evening!  Prairie trillium is very common in the nice areas around here.  But these are not!  Again, another time at the right place at the right time- and eyed wide open and scanning!   Very nice little colony.  Made me smile!  I feel I am always rewarded when I get outside,…

Anise root (Osmorhiza longistylis)

A first for me!  Ok maybe not a first spotting, but definitely a first identifying.  One of the neatest parts of plant identification is honestly, at first so many many plants look similar enough that I don’t really distinguish them and of course I can’t prioritize learning all plants at once.  Then over time as…

Large flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

This was in spectacular bloom this evening!  And so abundant!  Just an absolute show stopper.  You can tell by how many pictures just how beautiful it was. We caught it in a peak moment – on the south slope, at least!  On the northern slopes the same flowers hadn’t started blossoming! 

Dutchman’s breeches

Still going strong at Johnson’s Mound today in Elburn, IL. I love how many breeches the plants end up over time!


Salt Fork of Vermilion river.  Extremely frequent. April 15, 2017

Virginia bluebells

Full glorious bloom on the banks of the Salt Fork of the Vermilion river.  April 15, 2017