Posted in Flowers

Common Spring Wildflowers in Ohio

This post illustrates a couple of dozen, common species of spring wildflowers in Ohio. The scientific name in each caption links to an article where you can learn more about that species (a Wikipedia article, if possible). It also lists the months in which you can expect to see each species bloom in central Ohio. In southern Ohio they will bloom a little earlier and in northern Ohio a little later. Cutleaf Toothwort The photo below shows some of the foliage. Mayapple The Read more ➜
Posted in Flowers, Park visit

Spring snow at Inniswood

Like much of the northern part of the country, we had a spring snow last night. Today I decided to go on a wintry spring walk at Inniswood Metro Garden to see how the flowers were faring. I invite you to come along! And here's what the grounds looked like. And finally I took a look at the children's garden. The early blooming flowers are pretty hardy, so I'm guessing they'll be okay. I've even heard that the snow insulates and protects them Read more ➜
Posted in Animals

Amphibians at the Inniswood pond

Whenever I'm at Inniswood Metro Gardens, I stop by to see what's happening in this tiny, municipal wetland. And right now, tadpoles are what's happening. These two, very different types of tadpoles were co-existing in the pond. I wonder if they are different species of frog, or the same species born at different times? Let's take a look at some prospective parents. The happy threesome above are Eastern American Toads. You can distinguish toads from frogs because the skin Read more ➜