Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

February 18, 2018

Time Covered:

February 1 - 16, 2017

Locations:

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

Comments:

I was going to update from February 1 to 15 but found a Red-seeded Dandelion on the 16th so decided to add the extra day. With all the cold and snow there has not been much other activity. I have noticed a lot of Aven's seeds falling to the snow in the last week. I wonder why they hung on until now and why they suddenly dropped.

Wild and Naturalized Flowers Blooming

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

New English Name Latin Name French Name
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediaStellaire moyenne
NDandelion, Red-Seeded *Taraxacum erythrospermumPissenlit à graines rouges
CULTIVATED SPECIES
Witch Hazel, 'Rochester'*Hamamelis 'Rochester'Hamamélis 'Rochester'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'Hamamélis de Chine 'Wisley Supreme'


Monday Wild Flower Walks


The Monday evening walks are finished for the season.

There will be a Saturday afternoon walk
in early March. Watch this space for details.

Dean walks every Friday afternoon on RBG grounds
and/or the Hamilton Waterfront Trail.
Contact him at least 24 hours in advance for meeting points and times.

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:

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ANNUAL FLOWERING RECORDS FOR YEAR 2010 LEGEND
(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


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 June 30, 2016
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. 30, 2016 December Blooms - Updated to Dec. 30, 2016


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