Late Summer Monarchs

I’ve seen more monarchs in the last few days than I’ve seen all summer.  The butterflies are well provided for as milkweed goes.  It’s everywhere.  But this monarch butterfly was spending its time in the plentiful goldenrod, bee balm, and …

Asters and Goldenrod

It is late summer along the Holland River and the purple asters have taken over from the white daisies.  They’re especially striking amongst the tall yellow goldenrod.


Brown-Eyed Susan

We have a number of these flowers – brown-eyed susans, black-eyed susans, and the prairie coneflower – all along the runoff pond by the Tom Taylor trail.


Spring Beauty

These small pink-striped white wildflowers with five petals are more common than I remembered.  I saw two or three batches of them today.  They’re known as Spring Beauty.



Trout Lilies in the Woods

The Trout Lily is one of my favorite wildflowers.  The mottled leaves and the delicate yellow bloom make it a distinctive spring wildflower.

Trout lily among a cluster along the Tom Taylor Trail, Newmarket, Ontario

Trout lily among a cluster along the Tom Taylor Trail, Newmarket, Ontario

Dutchman’s Breeches

These small white flowers were far from the path but just caught my eye.  There were only two of them but they’re among the most unusual flower I’ve seen along the path.  They’re called Dutchman’s Breeches – or dicentra cucullaria …

Bittersweet Flowers

We have always called this bittersweet – the green leaves, when eaten, have a tangy citrus flavor – and it is a frequent visitor to our lawn.  This flower appeared in a cluster of other green along the river and …

Late Wort

The St. John’s Wort, like most summer wildflowers, are long gone along the river bank.  They have been replaced by clouds of white and blue asters.  This one poked out amidst a low, shady green mass and seems to just …

Scarlet Pimpernel

The village has pulled a huge tree trunk out from a small spit near the overflow pond.  This has left a large clear area that nature is quickly reclaiming.  We have seen frogs there and I went down to see …