Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday-Mid Coast Flowers

Last week we spent a few days in what is called "mid-coast" Maine - a city called Brunswick, about 35 miles north of Portland. It is a college town, and I hope to have time to blog about it some more in the coming weeks.

I live in the Southern Tier of New York, and I was curious to see the differences in early September wildflowers between my home area and that part of Maine.  Actually, a lot of the flowers seemed similar.  But while goldenrod was still going strong in southern New York last week, it seemed to be a little past peak in Maine.  But we did find a nice specimen.

There was one wildflower we do not have here in non-coastal upstate NY which is the Beach Rose (purple flower below). They were very common on the several walks we took. (the red "berries" surrounding the beach rose in bloom are hips-very large hips.)
Here is another view of the rose hips.
Finally, I must always have my mystery plant.  This is a mystery berry, showing both the green and the ripening fruit. plus the leaves.  Any guesses?

Next week:  it will be interesting because my wildflower walk places have been impacted by our flood. So it may be just as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.

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