Above: today’s header photo is a budding Fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum), a sweet sign of spring if there ever was one!
First day of spring, and here is a report of the flowers that are starting to appear on this shore.
Took a walk at Winter Cove, an area that is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (there’s a mouthful) and pointed my camera at assorted blossoms. Above: salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), looking a tad bedraggled after an iffy late winter.
And this warm golden yellow is a gift of the Oregon grape (Mahonia oregonum), which was blooming on a bluff, out of the reach of our ravenous black-tailed deer…
Above: the assertive pink flash of Flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), another sure sign of spring on this island.
Above: another shot of a Fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum), starting to open up.
On the right, above, you can spot a weed – Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) – that is incredibly invasive. It’s the tall thing bearing yellow blooms.
At my house, I keep pulling seedlings out of the yard, the neighbourhood paths and meadows… But it is a losing battle. The park is losing the broom battle, and the weed keeps marching forward, taking over. More info on this link.
Scotch broom blooms in the spring, and its blossoms redeem it somewhat…
And finally, because my garden is also offering interesting yellows of a more tame variety…
Spurge (Euphorbia), starting to get its alien-like flowers into position.
And the stars of my spring garden: