Sunday, August 18, 2019

Catching Up

            Again, like usual, I need to catch up a bit. Following are a few of the photos that were special for me in the past week or so. 

            During the last week of July, Fleur-Ange and I went on a Dragonfly Walk. In addition to the dragonflies seen, or not seen by me as I seemed to have difficulty picking them out from the background, we saw flowers. The Moth Mullein in the photo below was the tallest that I have ever seen!

            A "normal" Moth Mullein would be about up the waist of the man in the photo instead of being almost twice his height. We were in a river bottom field that was too wet this spring for any crop to be planted so it went to wild flowers.

            Speaking of wild flowers, I had been watching a White Trillium on our property all spring and summer. On July 28th when I went to check on it, the seedpod fell off exposing the seeds. I thought, briefly, about collecting the seeds and trying to plant them in the small forest next to our driveway but the instructions for planting were rather daunting and the seeds would have had to overwinter for one or two years so I was afraid I would not be able to keep track of them. In any case, it took a day or so for me to get back to the plant and by then the seeds and pod were gone so I will just have to watch the area where the original plant was to see if they come up there in a year or two. Below is the photo of the pod with the seeds coming out.

                       Capturing photos of butterflies is always a lucky affair. Below is a Summer Azure that I had the good luck to get.

             Some moths are easier to photograph as a few tend to fly at night and then stop and stay where they land for the daylight hours. Our barn is always a good place to look for moths. Below is a False Crocus Geometer Moth that I have seen many times over the years in our barn and finally have a name to attach to it.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Cicada, Cicada, Cicada

            According to various sources, there are over 3000 species of Cicada's in the world. I watched one come out of it's shell many years ago. If I had been more patient this morning, and if there were a few thousand less mosquitoes around, I could have watched this one come out. As it was, I saw it emerging and thought, mistakenly, that it had got stuck and died as it did not move when I touched it. However, I did go back a few minutes later just to check and found that it had emerged and was drying before taking off to look for a mate. These photos will have to do this time.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lots of Blooms - So Little Blogging

            As usual, I think of blogging everyday and don't take the time to actually do any. Following are some of the flowers, and other things, that I have put up on other platforms in the last week or two.

Canada Sanicle
aka Canada Black-snakeroot
aka Short-styled Snakeroot (Newcomb's WF Guide)
Sanicle du Canada
(Sanicula canadensis)
Found on the Grand Valley Trail near Hardy Road
in Brantford, Ontario
July 8, 2019.

Wolf Milk Slime Mold
Lait de Loup
(Lycogala epidendrum)
Found on an old log
in the RBG's Hendrie Valley, Hamilton, Ontario
July 12, 2019.

Wild Yam
Igname Velue
(Dioscorea villosa)

Female flowers on a female vine
found in RBG's Hendrie Valley
on the left.

Male flowers on a male vine
found in RBG's Capt. Cootes' Trail
in the wilderness section of the Arboretum
Hamilton, Ontario
on the right side of the photo;
July 12, 2019.

Pale Jewelweed
aka Pale Touch-me-not
Impatiente Pâle
(Impatiens pallida)
found in the RBG's Hendrie Valley Trails
Hamilton, Ontario
July 19, 2019.

Hoary Alyssum
Berteroa Blanc
(Berteroa incana)
found on the outer "wild" edge
of the RBG's Rose Garden 
on July 19, 2019.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Three Flowers Not Often Seen

            We have found a few more new flowers or flowers that we do not see too often in the last week or so. On of the highlights was American Columbo / Frasère de Caroline / (Frasera caroliniensis). It starts life as a small rosette of leaves and comes back that way for several years, 5 to 30 years according to some sources. Then it blooms and dies. I have seen blooms a few times and this year was one of those times. There were 2 out of over 70 plants that were blooming.

            You can see a few plants under the blooming plant so there will be some blooms again, some year.

            On the way to look for the Columbo, one of the wild flower walker  spotted a very small green flower on the edge of the trail.

            I think I have only seen this plant one other time in bloom. In my wild flower guide it is called Wild Licorice. The accepted name is now "Licorice Bedstraw" / Gaillet Fausse-circée / (Galium circaezans). It was the rather different leaf pattern that alerted the person that found it for us. The flower was visible only on close inspection.

            Here is another plant that I have only seen in bloom on one other occasion. This one is Broadleaf Waterleaf in my guide book now called "Bluntleaf Waterleaf" / Hydrophylle du Canada / (Hydrophyllum Canadense).

Sunday, June 16, 2019

New Flower for Fleur-Ange and I . . .

            Last Thursday, on the Beckett Walkers walk, Fleur-Ange and I found a different flower. We thought it looked a bit like Wormseed Mustard but it was way too tall and the leaves looked different too. I spent an hour or so on the computer looking at various sites and came up with a name. I had collected a plant and kept it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until I could take it into the RBG Herbarium. There one of the summer staff took on the identification challenge and came up with a name. I was happy to find that his identification, via various web sites and use of the microscope, was the same as mine.

            Some Ontario sites do not list the flower and we only have one specimen in the RBG herbarium collected in 1980 from Thunder Bay. On the other hand, other Ontario sites say it is a common introduced plant found in various places around the province since 1941.

            Below are photos that I took of the Erysimum hieraciifolium or European Wallflower.
            Vélar à Feuilles d'épervière is the French name.

            I was pleased to see that a synonym was Tall Wormseed Mustard so our original thoughts were not that far off the mark.