Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

NOVEMBER 26, 2019

Time Covered:

November 8-25


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


I am not listing all the flowers seen between November 8 and 25. On November 8th I saw 34 species in bloom but then three days later we had over 20 cm of snow and record cold temperatures that covered all of the flowers that were not on shurbs i.e. only Witch Hazels were found on November 15. Our Native American Witch Hazel was blooming that day as well as two of the cultivated Witch Hazels in the collection in the Arboretum. The snow cover remained until November 18 and by then most of the wild flowers had disappeared. As the snow melted, the Common Dandelion flower and seed heads appeared on November 20 and then on November 22nd I found 12 wild flowers in bloom in the Hamilton area. Those 12 are the ones listed below.

I have started to display some of the previously posted flowers on a new page. The process is just barely started but have a look at the following link:

Portfolio of Various Photos

Wild & Naturalized Flowers Blooming - November 22nd, 2019

* = Not native to our area)

English Name Latin Name French Name
Alyssum, Hoary *Berteroa incanaberteroa blanche
Aster, CalicoSymphyotrichum lateriflorumaster latériflore
Aster, New EnglandSymphyotrichum novae-angliaeaster de la nouvelle-angleterre
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediastellaire moyenne
Dandelion, Common *Taraxacum officinalepissenlit officinal
Goldenrod, CanadaSolidago canadensisverge d`or du Canada
Goldenrod, TallSolidago altissimaverge d`or haute
Groundsel, Common * Senecio vulgarisséneçon vulgaire
Groundsel, Sticky *Senecio viscosusséneçon visqueux
Johnny Jump-Up *Viola tricolorviolette tricolore
Shepherd's Purse *Capsella bursa-pastorisbourse-à-pasteur
Witch-hazel, AmericanHamamelis virginianahamamélis de virginie

I am retiring from leading the Monday Wild Flower Walks.

For a variety of reasons, I have decided after 38 season to stop leading wild flower walks.

Thanks to everyone over the years that have come out to both learn and to share observations and knowledge.

I will continue to update this webpage with my observations but will probably not do it as often as I have done in former years. (Already this past season I have let weeks pass by without updates.)

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 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, 2017 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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