Sublime Sunday ~ A Spring Wildflower Walk

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I heard the trilliums were blooming and this is one of my favourite times of year to go for a bushwalk. I was hoping to find some to show you -- it was easy! They covered the forest floor and surrounded this old tree full of woodpecker holes.

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Since 1937, the white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) has been the provincial flower of the province of Ontario, Canada. Since 1964, it has been part of the Ontario logo. A protected flower, we have been told that it's illegal to pick or hurt them in any way, enforced by a fine of $500. However, that may have been a proposed law that was never passed.

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I never said they were scarce! The reason we are discouraged from picking them is because it can kill the plant unless you pick it above the set of 3 leaves.

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From the photo, above, you can see the 3 leaves are pretty high up the stem so it wouldn't make a very nice bouquet anyway. Besides 3 petals and 3 leaves, trilliums also have 3 sepals and a seed pod with 3 sections.

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The white trillium gradually fades to pink before producing its seed pod. One of the interesting facts about trilliums is that their seeds are dispersed by ants.

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Trillium is a genus of about 50 flowering plants from the Melanthiaceae family. Here in Ontario, we have 5 native species; White Trillium, Red Trillium, Painted Trillium, Drooping Trillium and Nodding Trillium. All of them inhabit the understory of deciduous or mixed woodlands.

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A delicate spring beauty is the Dog Tooth Violet, Erythronium americanum, also known as the trout lily, adder's tongue and a bunch of other names.

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They are a little more difficult to spot. Are there 7 in this photo?

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They are easily recognized by their distinctive leaf pattern.

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There are 5 kinds of forget-me-nots, Myosotis, in Ontario and this is definitely one of them although I am not sure which.

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When you see a marshy area, look around and you might spot this next fern.

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Young Ostrich ferns, Matteuccia struthiopteris, are edible and quite popular. We call them "fiddleheads."

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I was photographing a patch of Canadian Shield, the rock you see so close to the surface, when something caught my eye.

It was heading for me!

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Ginger introduced herself by way of a tag on her collar, very friendly.

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Now I'm not sure what this flower is.

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Most of you probably recognize a dandelion, Taraxacum.

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Now I'm not sure what this flower is so now I have two to look up.

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The lilac is getting ready for its turn to bloom.

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As I leave the bush and head into the park, I'm no longer certain whether I'm looking at a wild or tame shrub.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day. And now I'm back among the houses and I spot a beautiful flowering crabapple tree on someone's lawn.

References

Trillium
10 Things You May Not Know About Trilliums

Images

Photos from the iPad of @kansuze in Kanata (Ottawa), Canada.

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