Wildflowers and the orchard

Pictures of the garden and forest over the last week – fruit trees, orchids and other wildflowers.

We had a spectacular display this year from our apples, cherry and crab apples.

Crab apple
Crab apple

From further back

Crab apple and cherry
Crab apple and cherry – apples in the background

These were taken last weekend.  We had a huge thunderstorm on Tuesday so all the flowers are gone now, though the thorn tree and the mountain ash have taken over.  There was a tornado touched down about 50 miles north so you can imagine it was very windy even here.  And from hot tornado weather we had a sudden drop to near frost two days later and the cold is still with us.

We have pussy toes in our lawn.  They’re not much to look at:

Pussy toes
Pussy toes

But if you look closely, the individual flowers are quite intricate:

Pussy toes
Pussy toes close up

The hellebores are blooming in the garden:

Hellebore
Hellebore

and the wild ladyslippers are just on the verge of opening:

 

 

Ladyslippers
Ladyslippers

We usually have lots of columbines, but I could only find one today – perhaps this was an early one.

Wild columbine
Wild columbine

In the high-resolution original, the fine hairs that you can just make out in this are showing a nice rainbow effect.

The baneberries also came out this week:

Baneberry

Slightly off the wildflower topic, this downy woodpecker is turning orange:

Woodpecker-2 Woodpecker-1

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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