Serena Gundy Park: June 2020

James Gundy (1880 – 1951) was a businessman who co-founded Wood Gundy and Company,  stockbrokerage in Toronto in 1905. He donated the land for Serena Gunday Park which is named after his wife.

When I lead walks at Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek, I walk along one short path in Serena Gundy Park. On this day, I explored every path and here is some of the botany I found:

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Multiflora Rose hips (this year)
Multiflora Rose hips (last year)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acra)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acra)
Rosy Sedge (Carex rosea)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Round-leaved Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Rattlesnake Weed (Hieracium venosum)
Rattlesnake Weed (Hieracium venosum)
Galls on White Elm
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Mountain Maple (Acer spicata)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Chickweed (Stellaria pallida)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

Some wildlife:

Red Squirrel
Spittle Bug
Narrow-winged Damselfly


It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.          – N. P. Willis (1807-67)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Serena Gundy Park: June 2020

  1. Elizabeth Hartman

    Once again, a HUGE thank you for all that you do.
    I love the botanical closeups and appreciate the inclusion of the plant and insect names.
    You continue to provide a welcome break to my day.

  2. Pina

    I just viewed the last 3 posts. Definitely some really “wow” photographs.
    Thank you.
    A nice relaxing break from reading all the troubling news these days.


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