|3:30pm 27C sunny|
30 May 2011
24 May 2011
|9:00am 20C cloudy|
There are lots of violets everywhere, even some yellow ones.
There's a patch of wild columbine with these beautiful ornate flowers.
I think this is what is called wild lily-of-the-valley. I was a lot more sure of that before I tried to identify the next one, which I think is star flowered Solomon's seal, also known as wild lily-of-the-valley. I guess this is the limitation of using common names.
16 May 2011
|9:45am 5C rain|
09 May 2011
|9:00am 12C sunny|
There are lots of trilliums in bloom now, though we don't have carpets of them. We also don't have swarms of blackflies or mosquitoes yet.
02 May 2011
|11:00am 12C rain|
Another rainy day. The leaf buds on the trees are getting huge and I expect that next week's picture will be noticeably greener than this one. With the warmer temperatures, there's lots going on if you look closer up.
The sight of a trillium bud is enough to warm the heart of a native-born Ontarian, as it is the provincial flower and we spent our elementary school years being told how special and delicate this plant is. I wouldn't dare pick one for fear of wiping out the entire species. I guess the message got through.
The trout lily (Erythronium americanum) was in bloom this week. Some pollinating insects were taking advantage.
We saw a group of Yellow Rumped Warblers in the woods on the weekend. We had a great view of them since the leaves aren't out yet and they aren't at all shy.
I've seen quite a few snakes already this spring, Garter snakes and Eastern Smooth Green snakes. This was a tiny little green snake looking for a patch of sun with no humans in it.