Friday, May 09, 2008
Friday Flowers: The first week of May
We didn't get many April showers but the May flowers are appearing in rapid succession even as birds are arriving daily. I took these four pictures last weekend. Marsh Marigolds have carpeted the boggy sections of the woods in gold. Wild and cultivated fruit trees are coming into bloom. Jack in the Pulpits are poking up through the dead leaves in moist areas of the bush. I bought one at the local market last year and planted it in my garden. But I do not see it coming up in our dry sandy soil this spring.
At the east entrance to our city is a formal garden that is favourite site for wedding pictures and a lovely place to walk during the day. Rockway Gardens was constructed in 1933 by the Kitchener Horticultural Society. Many local citizens have volunteered time and money over the years to maintain and improve the grounds. The flower at the bottom right is Crown Imperial (fritillaria imperialis). The blooms are very spectacular.
There is beauty everywhere, from the wild flowers on the forest floor to the gardens and orchards that are tended by local cultivators .