Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wildflowers at Home and on the Farm

Wisconsin's wildflowers are really coming up now. In my neighborhood, it's mostly violets and gill-over-the-ground (this blog's namesake). On my friend's farm in Grant County, there's much more.

Gill-over-the-ground
Gill-over-the-Ground

Also known as "Creeping Charlie," Gill-over-the-ground is a fragrant member of the mint family -- and it's edible. These gorgeous purple flowers are all over in suburban lawns right now, along with white and purple violets.

Violet
Violet

Violet

Aside from a few white flowers I've spotted in a forest area near school, those were the only wildflowers I was seeing. Then I went to my friend's farm. His place is covered in violets too. He said he's been eating them.

Violet

Violets

The remaining flower pics aren't great. Here's why:

Jill the Horse
Jill the horse

We rode his horses, and I grabbed shots of many flowers from the back of the horse, which was not easy.

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Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Rue Anenome
Rue Anenome

Rue Anenome
Rue Anenome

Buttercup
Buttercup - I'm not sure which kind. Best guesses are Ranunculus hispidus or Ranunculus repens.

I found a few others after dismounting the horse.

Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

Bumble Bee on Dutchman's Breeches

Large-flowered Bellwort
Large flowered Bellwort, a.k.a. Merry bells

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large-flowered Bellwort

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Some kind of buttercup

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Something cruciferous?

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American Pasqueflower, Anenome patens

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