All kidding aside, for those of you who want a great book for identifying wild plants - it is one of the best I've ever used - it shows the leaf structure; the plant as a seedling; the flowers in bud, in bloom; similar plants; how the plants look in the winter. Frankly, if I were these two, I'd do a little re-writing and sell it as a wildflower book - it's excellent.
Anyway, here's what I found blooming these past few weeks in the fields around my neighbourhood.
Ranunculus acris - Tall Buttercup. Thought the grass next to it was really pretty. The seed-heads are very carex-like.
This is where I'm reminded I should take a photo of the leaves too - I'm thinking this is Cirsium arvense Canada Thistle. And, I'm with them, it is a weed - apparently with the potential to reduce crop yield by 100%. Yikes.
Obviously not a 'major weed'. Vetch.
This stand of sumach is beyond beautiful in the fall with the asters and goldenrod in front.
It's a wonderful beast of a plant.
Euphorbia cyparissias Cypress Spurge was brought over from Asia. I'm a sucker for anything chartreuse. But listed as a weed for it's ability to grow anywhere particularly at the side of a road.
I find it hard to hold anything against something so vibrant.
Introduced from Europe is field bindweed Convolvulus arvensis. Its crime is its ability to reduce crops by 50%.
Hoary plantain, Plantago media. I put this in here just because it's fun to say. Again, it is a roadside weed and it spreads easily.
I really have to get in to photo the leaves for a perfect i.d. Most likely these pretty daisies were introduced from Europe as a garden plant. Its offence is its ability to replace pasture by 50%. No problem with cultivated crops as it can be tilled out easily.
This just says summer when I look at it.
Isn't this a pretty stand of Linaria vulgaris. Brought over from Europe as a garden plant, it's in its full glory all over Oakville now. It is aggressive and quickly replaces grasses and herbs.
Sadly this is not a 'major' weed, nor do I know what it is - if you do, please let me know.
And one last flower - again not in my weed book - it's common Chicory, again from Europe, probably in the 1700s. Its pretty light blue flowers dot our highways. It takes more heat than many other plants and always looks fresh.
If you want to see more wildflowers around the world, be sure to visit *Gail on her Wildflower Wednesday.