On a trail at the Aurora Community Arboretum
Last Saturday, a group I belong to sponsored a nature hike for members of gardens clubs in our area. The morning started out grey, threatening rain but about three dozen brave souls joined us. Luck was on our side. As arboretum guides greeted us, out came the sun!
Some of what we saw
The easy trails of the hundred-acre arboretum wend their way through a tree and woody plant collection - more than a hundred species - that volunteers have been planting and caring for on town-owned land since 1995.
Several monarch butterflies flew over and around us as we walked. Our mascot (upper left-hand corner) was on a leash as we passed colourful sumacs and spindle tree leaves and berries, as well as witch-hazel cones.
More of what we saw
Snails! I saw several and I wasn't even looking for them. Working clockwise: a few milkweed pods were ripening and about to let their seeds fly out on silky parachutes, and tiny crabapples decorated slender branches. Birds had clearly feasted on the elderberries.! A few blue chicory blossoms opened in the sun but the angelica blossoms had long ago faded and gone to seed.
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