Many Trilliums at Wilket Creek Park: May 5, 2022

In sixteen years of leading these walks, I have found that the wildflower which people are most excited about seeing is the trillium. The White Trillium has been the provincial flower of Ontario since 1937.

May is the best month to see them and we had many today in the area near Wilket Creek.

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

White Trillium prefers moist to rather dry deciduous forest and often forms large colonies in rich beech-maple forests like the one near the Sunnybrook playing fields.

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Red Trillium can occasionally be found growing with white.

Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)

Other botany:

Rattlesnake Weed (Hieracium venosum)
Spring-beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Norway Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Bitter Dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Star-flowered False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum stellatum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)

Other life:

Song Sparrow
Raccoon

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

A nice, unexpected guest in my garden the past few weeks. My bugs must be delicious!

A Brown Thrasher

NATURE POETRY

That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture! – Robert Browning

Miles Hearn

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