Only seven new flowers? Can that be all, for all our exploring of such a wide variety of habitats in and surrounding Ithaca? It sure makes me realize how lucky I am, living in Saratoga County, with rich woods, acidic bogs, upland forests, pine barrens and sand plains, calcareous talus slopes, mountain ridges, marble outcroppings, sedge meadows, etc., etc, etc., all within an hour's drive from home. I did have a wonderful time in Ithaca, guided by lots of extremely knowledgeable people, tromping the woods, slogging through bogs, wading through marshes, and climbing to heights overlooking the spectacular Taughannock Falls. I saw so many fascinating plants, it seems hard to believe that that only seven of them were new to me. And many of those seven were not even natives, but rather, introduced species.
I find Scarlet Pimpernel growing out of a crack in the sidewalk in downtown Saratoga Springs, but it sure looks a whole lot prettier in a cultivated garden.