Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wildflower Wednesday

For months now, I've been chomping at the bit hoping that I could play on Wildflower Wednesday.  I've shown questionable nubs of green and flowers from years past, but this month, it's like my tuba has been repaired; mum's got the fringe tidied up on my shoulders; and my brass buttons have been polished - I'm back in the marching band once again.

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.



Hi Barbara, Looking at your photos I felt like I was in the forest with you. I love all of nature's little surprises. And your garden goodies are equally enchanting. Don't you love this time of year?

Thank you for visiting my blog. In answer to your question about Verbascum seed I have a link for Botanical Interests. It's one place you can find the seed but perhaps a more detailed search will get you a better deal. Cheers!

Alison said...

You've found lots of wonderful wildflowers to show us! When I lived on the east cost I was forever pulling that nasty garlic mustard out. Now that I'm in the PNW I have an entirely different set of weeds.

Jason said...

That huge planting of Virginia bluebells is awesome! And you're so lucky to have all that white trillium, it is so elegant and lovely.

Lea said...

Lovely photos!
Thanks for taking us on this walk with you.
Lea's Menagerie

Gail said...

Your opening paragraph was so wonderful I had to read it out loud to Mr I! He also enjoyed it. What a show you've had this spring. Love the Bluebells and Solomon's Seal. All marvelous. Too bad about that danged mustard, what a nuisance. We have vinca in the parks that want to cover over everything. Glad you were able to play with all of us wildflower enthusiasts. gail

Barbarapc said...

Absolutely Grace. It truly is the best time - I can completely lose myself poking around in the dirt under the leaves. Thank you so much for the link - I couldn't get over how pretty your Verbascum was - I've got more sun, but am looking for a mid-height grower - it should just hit the spot.

Barbarapc said...

Alison, it's always something isn't it. And I bet your weeds are a lot bigger and better rooted than ours with all that moisture. B.

Barbarapc said...

There are years when I miss the display - so glad I didn't this year, it really was exceptional - and we're so lucky to have a group of people who are helping to keep it free of Garlic Mustard. My trillium was from a property that was being raised - got there just before the shovels arrived. Makes me smile every time I think of that early morning raid.

Barbarapc said...

Thanks Lea. Nice to share with my virtual buddies.

Barbarapc said...

Thank you Gail - such a fun project - I so enjoy seeing the progress of wildflowers around the world, and learning about new plants that I've never seen - especially those to the south of us - I believe I'll live long enough to see them creep to our region given how much our climate has changed.