Things are picking up a bit. Recent moisture seems to have inspired some plants to go ahead and bloom and others to bloom again!

Map – Here is the helpful map of the north part of the park. I use the areas I’ve labeled on the map to organize my posts.

NOTE: The photos of the plants are ones I took (unless otherwise noted) for help in identification. They may not have been taken at the specific place in the park that the plant is listed under.

Seen blooming ….

Fox Den Patch

Western spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis)- There is quite a bit more of this blooming here now. They are shorter than last year, but they are here. (Native)

Cutleaf evening primrose (Oenothera coronopifolia) – There are so many different evening primroses that bloom in the park, but I’m pretty sure this is the one I am seeing a bunch of here and also just a bit farther north along the path. Thanks to for the photo. (Native)

Golden aster (Heterotheca villosa) – More of this showing up now. I expect this to increase all over the north end of the park until frost. (Native)

Tradescantia occidentalis

Oenothera coronopifolia

Oenothera coronopifolia

Heterotheca villosa

Between Fox Den Patch and the Turn-Around Point

Mullein (Verbascum thapsis) – The stalks on these are just starting to go up all along the middle path. I suspect they will be shorter than normal. (Alien)

The showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) has now mostly finished its bloom, but you can still see the big patches of this plant. (Native)

Mrs. Palmer’s curse (Campanula rapunculoides) – This is still blooming vigorously (both here and in my own garden…time to get out and weed!). (Alien)

Verbascum thapsis

Verbascum thapsis

Campanula rapunculoides

Campanula rapunculoides

North section of the East Path

Bouncingbet (Saponaria officinalis) – Lots and lots of this blooming now (you can even see it from the middle path as well). (Alien – CO Noxious Weed List B)

Saponaria officinalis

Saponaria officinalis

Along Path near Playing Field

Common evening primrose (Oenothera villosa) – This is a yellow evening primrose, and I’m only seeing one specimen right now. Thanks to for the photo. (Native)

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) – Wow…this is really picking back up all along the path between here and the parking lot. (Native)

Penstemon (Penstemon spp.) – I was pleased to see more penstemon blooming this week. Those I’d seen earlier were pretty much done. Now I’m seeing some along the path by the playing field, and in the wildflower meadow field too. (Native)

Oenothera villosa

Thelesperma filifolium

Mystery penstemon

Penstemon spp.

Stone Drainage Ditch

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) and horseweed (Conyza canadensis) still blooming here. Thanks to for the horseweed photo. (Native, alien)

Conyza canadensis

Conyza canadensis