Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

This afternoon I walked the Trans-Canada Trail from the blue bridge (near the pumping station entrance point on Parkhill Road at Ravenwood) almost to Ackison Road. A great number of wildflowers are in bloom right now. Although most are non-native, it’s still impressive.


White: Canada Anemone (abundant), Bladder Campion (abundant), Ox-eye Daisy (abundant), Yarrow

Yellow: Yellow Hawkweed (abundant), Winter Cress (mustard species), Rough-fruited Cinquefoil, Yellow Pond Lily, Common Buttercup (abundant)

Orange: Orange Hawkweed (a few)

Red/pink/purple: Red Clover (abundant), Dame’s Rocket, Smooth Rose (thornless), Swamp Rose (pale pink), Philadelphia Fleabane, Dog-strangling Vine, Cow Vetch, Wild Columbine, Herb Robert

Blue: Viper’s Bugloss (abundant), Blue-eyed grass, Deadly Nightshade (blue and yellow)

Almost in bloom:  Common Milkweed, Northern Bush-honeysuckle, Bird’s Foot Trefoil

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine


Bird song: mostly Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Gray Catbird

Dragonflies:  Common Whitetail, Widow Skimmer

Damselflies:  Ebony Jewelwing

Insect song: Spring Field Cricket

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.