This evening my second virtual presentation for the Thornbury Library, this one on 'Spring Wildflowers in the Beaver Valley', goes live on YouTube at 7 p.m. After the success of my waterfall presentation (it has now had 803 views - for this rural community that's a lot!) I'm looking forward to the results tonight. Here's a sneak peek without all the background explanation and details.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
The iconic White Trillium, Ontario's provincial flower. This is the flower most people think of when they hear 'spring wildflowers'.
But there are a lot of other spring wildflowers, including one of the most widespread here, the Dogtooth Violet or Trout Lily.
One of my own personal favourites is this totally weird Blue Cohosh that comes up looking really purple, though it doesn't amount to much as a flower. It grew near our former house in the country, and I swear that on warm days in May you could actually see it grow, easily putting on 4" in a single day.
Another favourite is this Wild Ginger, our only brown flower, which lies right down on the dirt under the leaves. You have to crawl on your stomach to get a picture like this.
The Red Trillium or Wake-robin always looks best when backlit by the sun.
But it's the White Trillium that most people look for, actually one of the later flowers to bloom in the spring. You don't often see it like this though; you have to know where to look!
Hope you get a chance to get out for a walk in the woods this May, and spot some of the wildflowers in your neighbourhooad. Here's the link for my presentation:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLLZ2IXCwBc
It goes live at 7 p.m. tonight, but of course once it's there you can sign on anytime to see it. We're actually enjoying some sunshine today, though it's still chilly. Hope you're having a sunny day too!