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  They have been replaced by clouds of white and blue asters.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 …

Bee and Sowthistle

One of the things I’ve learned since starting this blog is that I’ve applied the term dandelion rather loosely.  There is a flower known as a dandelion but every yellow-topped weed sometimes gets the same label.  The tendrils on top …

Late Arrowroot

The white yarrow is also known as arrowroot.  Once I learned that, and that it had medicinal value, the idea of arrowroot cookies for teething infants made sense.  This patch popped up quite late.  Its nearly October, past the first …

More Eggs and Butter

The toadflax – also known as “butter and eggs” – has grown quite tall.  There are even large clusters of the flower, which I only recall reaching a very low stage last year.  I must not have been watching carefully.…