Monday, April 19, 2010

There are flowers blooming in Fern Valley

From the top it's Phlox stolonifera, Packera aurea, Phacelia bipinnatifida, and Geranium macrorrhizum. You can find the Phlox in many places; I took this picture right at the edge of the FV parking lot. Golden Ragwort, whose genus changed from Senecio to Packera a few years back, likes low ground that's wet in late winter and early spring. This patch is alongside the main FV trail just past the bog. There are large stands of it by the larger FV pond as well. Phacelia also likes low ground though not necessarily so wet. This stand is in the Shady Cultivar Area though it too, is widely distributed throughout FV. Finally the Geranium. It's everywhere: alongside the road, the paths, and here and there throught the collection.

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