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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