Ah yes, spring! Where the robins wear toques* and skates. (*A tight knit hat that skiers wear. Canadian pronunciation rhymes with "look". Say it with me: "Look, that robin is wearing a toque!") This is a shot of my bird bath this a.m.
But in spite of the very slow spring and the foolish cold, there are enough bits of life in both my garden and on the Cherry Hill Trail of the Royal Botanical Gardens to warrant participation in Gail's most excellent Wild Flower Wednesday.
Carex grayi blooming under and through the leaves in a section of garden I've yet to tackle. So many of the Carex family stay green over the winter. This particular one has very cool seed heads produced mid-summer.
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot one of the first of my spring ephemerals to bloom.
Podophyllum peltatum or Mayapple - one of the coolest looking natives. It definitely needs room to spread, but in the perfect spot, it's fun to see how it progresses and shape-shifts.
Trillium grandiflorum, our provincial flower. Hopefully I'll see some blossoms this weekend when it warms up a bit.
Dicentra culcullaria and not-yet-in bloom Mertensia virginica.
Asarum canadense just waiting for warmth. Notice how so many of the woodlanders' leaves look like capes.
And the most valuable Prunerus vertus 'Garant'....will let you know how they work after an unintended stay in the garden for a couple of nights.
Now to the flowers on the trail. As you can see, they're not obvious yet:
If you walk too quickly, you'll sail by these little treasures. Look at the closest tree - draw a line toward you between 5 and 6 and you'll find....
In damper sections there are these pretty yellow flowers:
The early stages of Symplocarpus foetidus Skunk Cabbage.
One of many.
In addition to the flowers and beginning of spring, there were little snakes looking for warmth.
So I'll leave you with one of the last pictures from the trail, and a little tease of what's to come in the months ahead:
when the flowers and greenery will be everywhere!