So here's a pictorial of wildflowers from the beginning of May until this weekend - from brown sprouts of hope, to acres of green and blue.
My first wildflower of the garden - I can feel the squint the the petals of the hairy little Hepatica -
Hard to believe that these Trillium grandiflorum going to live up to their name:
Dicentra culcularia by the front stoop.
And no not wild flowers, but a lovely little finch who is nesting in the Magnolia stellata, and now three weeks later is invisible, hidden behind all the leaves:
A week later, a little show of white on the T. grandiflorum.
And a week later, in someone else's garden - the full joy of their open blossoms.
A little native fern that has decided to do it's own mutating:
Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells - little pieces of sky visiting the earth.
Arisaema triphyllum on my walk this weekend with Judy.
And the reason for this woodland walk along 16 Mile Creek - the Mertensia virginica were in bloom:
One of the prettiest wildflowers in Ontario.
Sadly they're having to do battle with the dreaded garlic mustard - see all those little white dots - all garlic mustard.
There are organized pulls to keep them under control. This patch of M. virginica is much bigger than in years past, perhaps it's a sign that the pulls are working.
M. virginica is an ephemeral. So these wonderful leaves will soon yellow and die over the next month. It's a plant that I tuck into an area with hosta, so that the last stages of its life can be given a little privacy under the large hosta leaves.
Here we have Geranium maculatum. If you can find one in your nursery, and have dry shade, you really can't ask for a better low-maintenance attractive plant. More little dots of garlic mustard to the top right.
And while this excellent slow-growing woodlander, False Solomon's Seal, has been growing away, its name has been changed to Maianthemum racemosum.
The Trilliums are coming to an end for this year:
And back home on an early morning walk, here's an excellent patch of Polygonatum Solomon's Seal, growing in a nearby garden. It's flashy cousin Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' is perennial of the year. It makes a very sad looking potted plant, but quickly becomes a stunner in the garden. I'd encourage anyone to take a leap of faith when they see one at the garden centre to take it home and plant it in a shady spot.
And should you not have enough wildflowers for the moment - and frankly how could you ever have enough? be certain to visit Gail at Clay & Limestone for more Wildflower Wednesday.