Now Blooming in Bent Tree

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.  The bushy annuals shine like jewels when covered with the morning dew, especially when the sun hits them.  The juice from the stems is said to help treat poison ivy rashes.

August 13, 2017 - Jewelweed in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – Morning dew on Jewelweed in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)


Now Blooming in Bent Tree

September 16, 2012 - an old plant identification sign

September 16, 2012 – an old plant identification sign

Galax (Galax urceolata synonym Galax aphylla), also known as Coltsfoot, Wand flower, and Beetleweed.  The photo above was taken in September 2012, off the beaten path along Long Swamp Creek, near the Tamarack Drive end of the Beaver Run Trail.  Years before that, many of the native plants in Bent Tree were marked with labels, and this little sign remained.  I only found it because I spotted some trash in the underbrush and went to pick it up; the trash was next to the sign.  I went back to the spot in the spring of 2013 and sure enough, galax was blooming around the sign.  The sign, and that particular bed of galax, was swept away by the flood later in 2013.  But, there are still many locations in the community where you can find galax in bloom right now.  The photo below was taken on Monday.

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May 8, 2017 – Galax blooming in Bent Tree



Bashful Wakerobin

The photo below shows a nodding trillium blooming in Bent Tree last week. This one is known as Bashful Wakerobin (Trillium catesbaei), a.k.a. Catesby’s Trillium or Rose Trillium. Click here to see a post from 2013 for with a good picture of the same type of trillium taken that year.

April 20, 2017 - Trillium catesbaei in Bent Tree

April 20, 2017 – Trillium catesbaei in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)

Lake & Wildlife Meeting Today – 9:30 a.m. at Club Tamarack

The scheduled program is Bent Tree Wildflowers.


Spotted jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a late summer wildflower that has been blooming profusely in Bent Tree over the last couple of weeks. The photo above was taken this year, but my favorite picture of this particular wildflower is the macro shown below, from last year. Click the image below to zoom in.

September 4, 2014 - Jewelweed in Bent Tree

September 4, 2014 – Spotted Jewelweed in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)