Geranium maculatum; Geraniaceae (geranium family)
To gardeners, a weed is a plant growing where it isn’t wanted. Chickweed is certainly a weed to anyone who tends lawn or garden, but what is it to the wildflower enthusiast? Depends on which chickweed you mean. There are two alien invasive chickweeds, common chickweed (Stellaria media) and mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanun).
But there are two native chickweeds that are a joy to see on the trail. Here’s field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)
Not all wildflowers are herbaceous; sometimes you need to look up and out.
redbud Cercis canadensis; Fabaceae (pea family)
sassafras Sassafras albidum; Lauraceae (laurel family)
flowering dogwood Cornus florida; Cornaceae (dogwood family)
Today, in search of American bladdernut, a tree that I didn’t even know existed until I ran into it (almost literally) last spring.