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Shrubs and Wildflowers

Greetings from lake Wabatongushi! I just love spring, don’t you? The ice breaks up, trees begin to bud, flowers begin to bloom and the geese return. So long winter, hello warm sunny days, barbeques and sun tea. One of my favorite things about spring is the blooming flowers. The colours they bring, along with their sweet scents let me know that summer is just around the corner. Today I am going to introduce you to some plants and wild flowers that are now blooming around lake Wabatong.

The pink lady’s-slipper is the largest of our native orchids. The pink lady’s-slipper takes 10 years from germination to reach the flowering stage. This plant should not be picked. Here’s a bit of Canadian trivia for you: The pink lady’s-slipper is Prince Edward Island’s provincial flower.

Labrador tea is an evergreen shrub which habitats wet, organic sites. The leaves have a leathery feel to them. The underside of the leaves are a rusty colour and quite hairy. This plant was used by Aboriginal peoples to make teas, and as well as for medical purposes.

Bunchberry is a perennial herb that grows low to the ground. During the spring the bunchberry will have a small, white flower residing in the center of its leaves. During the summer months the flower will be replaced by the plants fruits which are bright red in colour. This plant is a favourite to white-tailed deer and spruce grouse.

Bluebead Lily is a perennial herb with greenish-yellow bell shaped flowers. This plant is very intolerant of the sun and can only be found in shaded areas of the forest. It takes two years for this plant to germinate, and several years for it to produce a flower.

As more flowers bloom I will be sure to let you know. Before I leave you today I would just like to wish my dad, and all the other dads out there a happy ( belated ) fathers day. I hope you had a wonderful day with your family.

Happy trails!

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” ~Osho

From Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort www.WildernessIsland.com

Thank you for your comments. Al and Doris.

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