White and pink were the predominant colours this week in both wild and cultivated areas. Flowering trees are coming into bloom in our area of south-western Ontario. The ornamental crabapple trees at my workplace are beautiful, but apple trees are just starting to bloom. The orchards in the Niagara region should be at their peak as their growing season is a week to ten days ahead of ours.
Laurel Creek runs from an area north of the city southward towards the Grand River. The soil around the creek supports Tamarack trees which are now covered with dark pink cone blossoms. The new needles are fresh green and feel so soft.
The woods are full of wildflowers, from tiny white wild strawberry blooms to large trillium flowers. Our neighbourhood woodlands are carpeted thickly with trilliums again this spring. One evening this week we walked through the bush above looking at the flowers that grew as far as the eye could see. We met an older lady from Britain as she sat on a log admiring the view that was as spectacular as any display in a formal botanical garden. What a beautiful time of year!