Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Discoveries in the Green Mountains

I got home last night from a wonderful weekend trip to Vermont and Quebec. My father drove some friends down there to visit and I got to tag along, with the intention, as usual, of observing all the new-to-me plants and flowers that were to be found! 😊 
We had a nice view of Katahdin on the way down...it still has some snow!

I found this Bird's Eye Speedwell (Veronica persica) growing in a ditch along the roadside in VT the first evening. I didn't have the camera with me at the moment, so I picked some to take back and photograph, and am now pressing it for my herbarium.

After dropping our friends off in VT my father and I stayed at a B & B just across the border in Quebec. When we arrived late that evening, I was noticing a wonderful fragrance, but must have been tired because it didn't dawn on me for a few minutes that this vase of white Lilacs in our room was real! Needless to say, I was delighted! I can't have them indoors at home due to my mother's and sister's allergies, so it was a real treat!

On Sunday morning we took a little hike in the woods at Reserve Naturelle Montagnes Vertes, near Mansonville. It was very remote and peaceful there.

The first wildflower to catch my eye was Heart-leaved Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia).

A lonely Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) by the trail...

I think my favorite spot in these woods was this lovely babbling stream. I walked up and down the banks for a little ways, taking in the beauty and of course looking for new plants! 

And I did find a plant I've been wanting to see for some time...this is False Green Hellebore, aka Indian Poke (Veratrum viride). There were several patches of it along the streams here and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, I was just a little too early to see it in bloom! 

A sign said that this pool is home to three species of salamanders, but we didn't see any.

Some violets (Viola sp.) along the path...

The sun was glorious shining through the trees!

I'm not sure what this was...

Or this...

An apple tree was in full bloom along the trail...somehow I missed it on the way in but saw it later. Guess I had my eyes on the ground! 😁

In the early afternoon, we went for a little drive and followed signs for this covered bridge, but it was all barricaded and seemed to be on private property so this was the best picture I got.

Some beautiful farm country...

Later, we went for a walk along the Missisquoi River, which ran not far behind the B & B where we were staying. It was lovely! In only a very small stretch (about a 15 minute's walk, if you're not stopping constantly to take pictures and look at flowers!), it varied from being as smooth as glass...

To flowing rapids! 

I sat for a while on this lovely bank, next to a fragrant patch of Canadian Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum canadense).

And attempted to get a picture that would do some justice to the beautifully clear reflections in the water...

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)...I've been wanting to see this in flower for a long time, but I missed it!

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)...I love the color of this one!

Definitely a member of the Mustard family here, although I'm not sure which...possibly Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum)?

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) were abundant everywhere...

I have so much more to share, but for now, I'll leave you with the beautiful sunrise we saw on our way back early Monday morning. The best was yet to come! 😊


  1. Stunning as always! Thanks for sharing.


    1. It's my pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Looks like a beautiful weekend getaway - you had perfect weather! Of the two questionable plants, the first may be yellow violet, the other, not sure!

    1. The weather was wonderful...Sunday was actually hot! Everything was about a week ahead of us there. I was wondering if that could be some kind of violet, but I don't know much about all the different kinds.

  3. Canadian Lily-of-the-Valley is a charmer. I have never seen it - nor the partridgeberry in flower or fruit. Quebec and Vermont are both beautiful, I am eaget to get back.

    1. Canadian Lily-of-the-Valley is one of the most common woodland wildflowers around here, but I had never seen the partridgeberry either and actually mistook it for wintergreen until I crushed a leaf and discovered it had no smell.
      It's always nice to come back to our own gardens, especially at this time of year when things happen so fast.