Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Walk in the Woods/ Nature Notes

Spring Wildflowers,  East Gwillimbury, Ontario

Spring is busting out all over East Gwillimbury. This is a great time to walk in the local woods...before those pesky mosquitoes and black flies appear!

In the largest square, a trout lily (Erythronium americanum) nods shyly at its many companions blooming on the forest floor.  Moving clockwise: flowers on a Manitoba maple (Acer negundo) - also known as a box elder in the U.S. - is NOT my favourite tree.  It's a troublesome weed in my gardens but I have to admit the flowers are interesting.

Next, the flower of wild ginger (Asarum canadense) hides under its leaf, which I uncovered to take this photo. Red trillium (Trillium erectum) are blooming in small clusters, attracting flies and bugs. Red trillium are also known as stinking Benjamin because they supposedly smell like rotten meat. I have never sniffed one so I don't know that from personal experience.

Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are nearing the end of their blooming season and I was hard pressed to find a few blossoms in pristine condition. In contrast, the may apple (Podophyllum peltatum) has just sprouted and is forming a bud. I'll have to return to take a photo of its flower.

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22 comments:

☆☆Mumsy said...

These are beautiful wild flowers. It must be fun to look for them and take pictures.

Elisa said...

It´s spring that comes here, just in your blog!

Lúcia said...

Thanks for sharing the photos and all the information about these flowers. I'm so jealous, spring is my favourite season... ;-)

SparkleFarkle said...

So very lovely, all these springtime posies!

Cezar and Léia said...

You know so much about flowers, thanks for all information.I'm really curious now about the red trillium, I will pay attention during my walks here, I'm not sure if I can find this flower around here. I will try!
:)
Hugs
Léia

jane said...

Beautiful shots - I love the colour of the Trout Lily quite magical - the lamp posts in your Q blog were very elegant and thankyou for visiting my blog

Jack said...

Beautiful, EG. I don't know much about wildflowers, but I am good at appreciating them!

Rose said...

I need to go and get more woods plants...I have lots of the red trillium...but lost my mayapples when we expanded our porch and covered them up. I just think woods plants are so beautiful.

texwisgirl said...

love the dutchman's britches. :) remember them from my youth in wisconsin. nice finds!

Kathy said...

I must say that stinking Benjamin is a beauty. I have just enough curiosity that I'd probably take a sniff!

Judy said...

Beautiful! I need to get back out in our woods to see what I can find.

don said...

A beautiful collection of flowers. I'm impressed with your knowledge of them. I just enjoy looking! :-)

kaye said...

such dainty flowers--I love spring.

Jarart said...

Beautiful post!

Fjällripan said...

So many beautiful, but for me foreign flowers you have in your forest. Have a nice day!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The delicate beauty of wildflowers is so attractive.

helenmac said...

You have pictured why I love spring! Beautiful!

Jenn Jilks said...

I have found trillium at the new place! I am so happy!!!!!

George said...

You had a beautiful walk to capture these blossoms. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Boonie S said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing these. Thanks for the background info too. It adds a lot to the post for people like me.

Have a nice day, Boonie

Jenny said...

Oh heavens. This is lovely but I cannot find your delightful designs post! I suspect it was lost in the blogger mess of the passed few days!

Just wanted you to know I tried to find it, though!

Rambling Woods said...

Finally spring..but it is a wet cold one here....Michelle

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