Full disclosure: not all the plants pictured here are wildflowers strictly speaking. Some have been introduced to the area, have escaped from gardens, and now roam the countryside, feral.
The Wood Anemone at the top of the post grows across North America, including local meadows and at the edges of some marshes.
A beautiful Flowering Cherry, on the other hand, may well have been brought in by a long-gone nearby nursery.
Another flowering shrub, which I believe is a Nannyberry (a type of viburnum), also grows near the former nursery.
The Barberry is much closer to home, having taken a post in our yard. Though most people grow it for its foliage its flowers are spectacular too – though at just a few millimeters in diameter you need to get really close to appreciate them.
The beautiful Speedwell is just a wee bit bigger. If you google it you may learn as I did that this flower thrives in some lawns, giving fits to those determined to eliminate botanical diversity from their expanses of grass.
And let us not forget the noble Dandelion, here looking resplendent after a morning dew.
On our marshes, a very different bloom often happens – an algal bloom. According to NOAA, the vast majority of algal blooms do not produce toxins. This patch of vivid green appeared at one end of Bowmanville Marsh and disappeared just as quickly a few days later. It may or may not be a reflection of ecosystem health, but it did not appear to concern the muskrats.
Very few other aquatic blooms have appeared so far this summer, but these grasses and water catch the evening light as beautifully as any flower.
In wet woodlands beside the marsh, the Starry False Solomon’s Seal is widespread. (It should hire a spin doctor – surely it deserves a name of its own rather than being named by what it is not.)
At sunset in a meadow, you can savour the delicate colours of the Wood Anemone, which will soon be submerged in waist-high vegetation.
Photo at top of page: Wood Anemone One (click here for larger image)