May 262015
 
Yellow Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Yellow Warbler (Karl Egressy)

This afternoon, I walked the Trans-Canada Trail between Jackson Park and Lily Lake. I was surprised by the amount of frost damage. Worst hit were the Virginia Creeper, Wild Grape, Sensitive Fern, Hay-scented Fern and ash trees. Many of these species showed quite a bit of dead foliage and, in some cases, dead flowers. The temperature early Saturday morning was almost -3 C, according to Environment Canada.

May 23rd frost damage on Wild Grape - photo taken May 25, 2015 - Drew Monkman

May 23rd frost damage on Wild Grape – photo taken May 25, 2015 – Drew Monkman

On a more positive note, among the species in bloom right now – almost all with white blossoms- are hawthorns, dogwoods, American Bittersweet, Tartarian Honeysuckle (pink), Canada Anemone, Nannyberry and Black Cherry.

Red-osier Dogwood - D. Monkman

Red-osier Dogwood – D. Monkman