Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

April 15, 2018

Time Covered:

April 8-15, 2017

Locations:

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



Comments:

I am finding the weather difficult to believe. Everything is covered in snow and ice again on this April 15.

When it is not snowing, flowers are continuing to open. Six new natural or naturalized plants started blooming this past week.

Wild, Naturalized and Cultivated Flowers Blooming

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

New English Name Latin Name French Name
Alder, European * (Tree)Alnus glutinosaAulne glutineux
Alder, SpeckledAlnus incanaAulne blanc
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediaStellaire moyenne
Coltsfoot *Tussilago farfaraTussilage pas d'âne
Dandelion, Red-Seeded *Taraxacum erythrospermumPissenlit à graines rouges
Hazel, American (Shrub)Corylus americanaNoisetier d'Amérique
Hazel, Beaked (Shrub)Corylus cornutaNoisetier à long bec
Hepatica, Round-Lobed Hepatica americanaHépatique d'Amérique
Hepatica, Sharp-LobedHepatica acutilobaHépatique à lobes aigus
Maple, Silver (T)Acer saccharinumÉrable argenté
Scilla * Scilla sibericaScille de Sibérie
Shepherd's Purse *Capsella bursa-pastorisBourse-à-pasteur
Speedwell, Slender *Veronica filiformisVéronique filiforme
CULTIVATED SPECIES
Blue-eyed Mary *Omphalodes vernaPetite bourrache
Christmas Rose * (Red Hellebore)Helleborus atrorubensHellebore àfleurs pourpre
Crocus *Crocus sppCrocus
Zz Daffodil *Narcissus sspNarcissus
Hazelnut, Turkish *Corylus colurnaNoisetier de Byzance
Iris, Netted *Iris reticulataIris réticulé
Zz Scilla * (White)Scilla mischtshenkoanaScille
Snowdrops *Galanthus nivalisPerce-neige
Willow, Variegated 'Hakuro-nishiki' *Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'?
Winter Aconite *Eranthus hyemalisAconit d'hiver
Witch Hazel, 'Barmstedt Gold'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'Hamamélis 'Barmstedt Gold'
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'
Witch Hazel, 'Ruby Glow' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow'Noisetier de sorcière 'Ruby Glow'
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, Vernal 'Sandra'*Hamamelis vernalis 'Sandra'Hamamélis Printanier 'Sandra'
Witch Hazel, Vernal * (Ozark)Hamamelis vernalisHamamélis Printanier


Monday Wild Flower Walks


The Monday evening walks will start later in April. Watch for the information here.


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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