Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

March 23, 2020

Times Covered:

March 10-22, 2020


RBG Rose Garden edges, Hendrie Valley, Arboretum;
and a property just west of the Hamilton border


A new chapter in my wild flower watching has started.

On March 13, I was able to do my usual rounds in the RBG's Hendrie Valley and Arboretum, but the next day the RBG was closed. I did not realize that the Hendrie Valley and Arboretum would be included but they were so when I went to check flowers on Friday March 20th all the gates were closed and barriers were in front of the parking lots with signs indicating all places were closed.

I know lots of ways to get into the areas but chose to stay out so that will mean that many of my usual flower sightings will not happen as we do not have that many early spring flowers on our property or on nearby open trails.

So it goes; be safe everyone and feel free to let me know what is blooming in your back yards or property.

Wild & Naturalized Flowers Blooming
March 10-22, 2020

(N = "New" for the year    * = Not native to our area)

New English Name Latin Name French Name
NAlder, SpeckledAlnus incanaAulne blanc
Bittercress, Hairy *Cardamine hirsuta cardamine hérissée
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediastellaire moyenne
NHazel, American (Shrub)Corylus americanaNoisetier d'Amérique
NHazel, Beaked (Shrub)Corylus cornutaNoisetier à long bec
NMaple, Red (T)Acer rubrumÉrable rouge
NMaple, Silver (T)Acer saccharinumÉrable argenté
Skunk CabbageSymplocarpus foetidusSymplocarpe fétide
NWhitlow Grass *Draba vernadrave printanière
NChristmas Rose * (Red Hellebore)Helleborus atrorubensHellebore àfleurs pourpre
Crocus *Crocus sppEspèces de Crocus
Hazelnut, Turkish *Corylus colurnaNoisetier de Byzance
NScilla * (White)Scilla mischtshenkoanaScille
Snowdrops *Galanthus nivalisPerce-neige
NWinter Aconite *Eranthus hyemalisAconit d'hiver
Witch Hazel, 'Agnes'*Hamamelis × intermedia 'Agnes'Noisetier de sorcière 'Agnes'
NWitch Hazel, 'Arnold's Promice' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold's Promise'Noisetier de sorcière 'Arnold's Promice'
Witch Hazel, 'Aurora' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Aurora'Noisetier de sorcière 'Aurora'
Witch Hazel, 'Barmstedt Gold'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'Hamamélis 'Barmstedt Gold'
Witch Hazel, 'Brandis' *Hamamelis × intermedia 'Brandis' Noisetier de sorcière 'Brandis'
Witch Hazel, 'Cyrille'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Cyrille'Noisetier de sorcière 'Cyrille'
Witch Hazel, 'Heinrich Bruns'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Heinrich Bruns'Hamamélis 'Heinrich Brunss'
Witch Hazel, 'Jelena' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'Noisetier de sorcière 'Jelena'
Witch Hazel, 'Orange Beauty' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'Noisetier de sorcière 'Orange Beauty'
Witch Hazel, 'Pallida'*Hamamelis molis 'Pallida'Noisetier de sorcière 'Pallida'
Witch Hazel, 'Primavera' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primarvera'Hamamelis intermédiaire'Primarva'
Witch Hazel, 'Rochester'*Hamamelis 'Rochester'Hamamélis 'Rochester'
NWitch Hazel, 'Ruby Glow' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow'Noisetier de sorcière 'Ruby Glow'
Witch Hazel, 'Westerstede'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Westerstede'Noisetier de sorcière 'Westerstede'
Witch Hazel, 'Winter Dawn'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Dawn'Noisetier de sorcière 'Winter Dawn'
Witch Hazel, Chinese *Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'Hamamélis de chine 'Brevipetala'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'Hamamélis de Chine 'Wisley Supreme'
Witch Hazel, Japanese 'Arborea'*Hamamelis japonica 'Arborea'Hamamélis du Japon 'Arborea'

Photos from Fleur-Ange Lamothe

Some other Photos from Fleur-Ange

Photos and Information from Ron Hepworth

Ron passed away on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012. Because he kept records of early and peak blooming times for nearly 30 years and then passed along his summaries to me for this site, I plan on leaving his last summary here. Below is a small sample of what the whole summary looks like:

(observed at Brantford, Ont.) FF = First Flower/Pollen 43.10'N--80.12'W PB = Peak/Mid Bloom Date ( )= Interpolated Date E = Estimated Date SPECIES OBSERVED NO. FF FF PB PB LAG YRS 2010 MEAN 2010 MEAN IN DAYS willow buds (sprout/green) 15 Mar 9 Mar 15 Mar 17 Mar 27 -8.0 (Salix alba vitellina) Euro. hazelnut (FF/Pollen) 13 Mar 19 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 30 -5.5 (Corylus avellana) skunk cabbage (pollen/PB) 13 (Mar 18)Mar 25(Mar 31)Apr 2 -4.5 (Symplocarpus foetidus) --------------------------------------------------------------------- The link for the rest of the records is below:

Ron's 2010 Flowering Summary

A link to a new portfolio, under very slow construction, of flowers from Dean, Fleur-Ange and Ron is below:

Portfolio of Various Photos

Links to Wild Flower Page Home, etc.

Index & Home of the Wild Flower Page

January Blooms - Updated to January 31, 2020 February Blooms - Updated to February 28, 2017
March Blooms -Updated to March 31, 2017 April Blooms -Updated to April 30, 2016
May Blooms -Updated to May 31, 2016
June Blooms -Updated to May 31, 2019
July Blooms -Updated to July 31, 2016 August Blooms - Updated to August 31, 2016
September Blooms - Updated to Sept. 30, 2016 October Blooms - Updated to October 31, 2016
November Blooms - Updated to Nov. 1, 2019 December Blooms - Updated to Dec. 30, 2016

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