Monkey-flower in Glendon Wetland Forest: Late July 2021

The Glendon Wetland Forest, lying beside the Don River, is a fabulous area for wildflowers in all of the warmer seasons of the year.

I once came here daily for several days trying to untangle the mysteries of aster identification.

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

If you come across the unique bluish purple flowers of Monkey-flower, you know that you are in a wet low-lying area.

Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)

The name Monkey-flower refers to the resemblance of the flowers to a monkey’s face.

Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)

Other botany:

Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Common Hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata)
Common Hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata)
Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)
Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Groundnut (Apios americana)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

MYSTERY BIRD

The outlined white throat identify this as a Swamp Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrow

NATURE POETRY

How sweet the music of the purling rill, 
Trickling adown the grassy hill! 
While dreamy fancies come to give repose
When the first star of evening glows.                               – Henrietta Cordelia Ray (1848–1916)

Miles Hearn

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