My Instagram feed seems to have taken on a monochrome look lately, so here’s some springtime colour for wildflower Wednesday
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My Instagram feed seems to have taken on a monochrome look lately, so here's some springtime colour for #wildflowerwednesday #ubc #ubcbotanicalgarden #shootingstar #skunkcabbage #trillium #fawnlily #wildflowers #spring #signsofspring #vancouver #pointgrey #flowers #beautifulbc #beautifulbritishcolumbia
- Pretty shooting stars – rare near Vancouver as they prefer drier conditions
- Skunk cabbage, also known as the swamp lantern – great name!
- Western trillium – barely blooming, I normally expect these to bloom before the fawn lilies
- Fawn lily buds – like glacier lilies, it’s not uncommon for them to produce a couple of flowers per stem
- White fawn lilies in bud and bloom – yay! The show is just beginning!
I start to get itchy photographic fingers about this time of year ever since I found my first fawn lilies at the very end of my photo-a-day project back in 2012. While Lighthouse Park is my favourite place to go look for them, I found a small patch growing in the Rainforest Garden at the UBC Botanical Garden a couple of years ago and – since I can get in for free – figured that it’d be worth checking out. And that’s exactly what I did last Sunday afternoon.
But it’s not just about the fawn lilies: the gardens have a little patch of Garry Oak ecosystem where other flowers bloom. Among the first out are the gorgeous pink shooting stars, and so perfectly named. In a few weeks it looks like the main flowers there will be nodding onion, but I’m hoping to find others too.
Of course, after a decade of hiking in BC, I now look forward to the sight (and, yes, smell) of the fresh skunk cabbage, their cheery yellow “lanterns” pushing up through marshy ground. And I always love seeing trillium – it doesn’t grow in abundance like it does in Ontario so it’s always a treat to find it growing. Again while Lighthouse Park has been my go-to spot for the longest time, I found many more blooming in Campbell Valley Regional Park last year.
On my travels that day I found a few more early flowers too, which I’ll save for another post. All in all, a pretty good afternoon, and it’s got me really in the mood for spring.