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Ocean Spray in flower : June 13 -Phenology

2015-06-21 ocsprayOne of the latest blooming native shrubs on the farm is the Ocean Spray. These bushes can be up to 10 metres in height.




Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Holodiscus
Species: H. discolor[1]

Holodiscus discolor (Pursh) Maxim.

Ocean Spray in the pasture

Mock Orange –phenology 2015

Several small clumps of Mock orange survive in the roundabout in the laneway. It was transplanted here from Hornby Island.
2015-06-04 mockorange
Kingdom Plantae –
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Superdivision Embryophyta
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants,
Subdivision Spermatophytina
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Asteranae
Order Cornales
Family Hydrangeaceae –
Genus Philadelphus L. –, mock orange
Species Philadelphus lewisii Pursh – Lewis’ mock orange

Native Plants of Metchosin- blooming this week

This past week brought the emergence of flowering on several more of the native plants we have on the farm.

Native plants of Metchosin April 28

Keeping track of some blooming times of native plants (phenology) .

Click on the phenology tag below for other examples.

Phenology Native Plants in bloom in early April, 2015

Phenology ( Greek φαίνω (phainō), “to show, to bring to light, make to appear” + λόγος (logos), amongst others “study, discourse, reasoning”.

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.



Native plants in bloom March 25- 2015

Another in my series of native plants phenology. These are all found on the farm