One of the latest blooming native shrubs on the farm is the Ocean Spray. These bushes can be up to 10 metres in height.
Species: 1] H. discolor[
(Pursh) Maxim. Holodiscus discolor
Ocean Spray in the pasture
Several small clumps of Mock orange survive in the roundabout in the laneway. It was transplanted here from Hornby Island.
Kingdom Plantae –
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants,
Family Hydrangeaceae –
Genus . –, mock orange Philadelphus L
Species Pursh – Lewis’ mock orange Philadelphus lewisii
Every week at this time of year brings a new set of the native plants on the farm into bloom.
The Nootka Roses, Rosa nutkanaare blooming this week
The berries of Indian Plum, the first flowering native shrub are almost ready for the birds
Pacific Ninebark Physocarpus capitatus
Today’s new bloomers on the farm:
Trailing Blackberry Rubus ursinus
Fringecup Tellima grandiflora
Salal Gaultheria shallon
Ranunculus uncinatus little buttercup
fiddlehead of Athyrium filix-femina lady fern
This past week brought the emergence of flowering on several more of the native plants we have on the farm.
Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis) note -a few have already produced small green berries.
Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) in bloom
Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
Camas in corner of fenced off field .. deer and sheep excluded)
Camas under Garry Oaks
Great Camas, Camassia leichtlinii)
Camas in our laneway seeded by hand in the last 10 years.
Native Saskatoon bush
Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia,)
Indian Consumption Plant (Lomatium nudicaule)
White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) now with seed pods
seed pod of Erythronium.
Narrow-leafed Sword fern (Polystichum munitum) fiddleheads of new growth emmerging
Keeping track of some blooming times of native plants (phenology) .
The native red columbine (Aquilegia formosa) in bloom by our house.
Wild crabapple (Malus fusca) borders our Gooch Creek marsh
(Triglochin palustris L. ) marsh arrrow-grass in the marsh with flower stems emerging.
The false lily of the valley (Maianthemum dilatatum ) in the marsh is just starting to show buds
Phragmites spshoots are well emerged now meaning that it is too late to go in and cut more stems for mason Bee homes.
Click on the phenology tag below for other examples.
I made a trip over to Tower Point today just less than a kilometre north of the farm and took a few pictures of the vegetation along the shoreline. Thought it would be useful for the Phenology topic
Phenology ( Greek φαίνω ( phainō), “to show, to bring to light, make to appear” + λόγος ( ), amongst others “study, discourse, reasoning”. logos
Periodic plant and animal life cycle events are influenced by climate and habitat. Phenology is often the dates of first occurrence of biological events in the annual cycles.
In Metchosin, we are never really without a month when some plant is not blooming, and the Robins and crows don’t really fly south. Unless otherwise noted, all images are from our farm in Metchosin.
Indian Plum (Oemieria cerasiformis)already has berries. It blooms in February.
Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)
Trailing Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)
Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)
Fawn Lily ( Erythronium oregonum)near the front of the property.
Erythronium in the Garry Oak forest
Erythronium through the fence and out into the ditch
Another in my series of native plants phenology. These are all found on the farm
The White fawn Lily Erythronium oregonum ssp. oregonum
I have two portions of the sheep fields fenced off for preserving this native plant and Camas which blooms in early May
This patch started out as a small patch under shrubery which gave it protection from grazing.
The flowering red currant, Ribes sanguineaum var. sanguineum easily propagated from cuttings.
This currant blooms early and was the frst source of nectar for the rufous hummingbirds migrating north.
Tall Oregon grape Mahonia aquifolium