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Wildflowers Springing Up Everywhere

Spring is a time when days are warm, but night temperatures may still drop below freezing. One of the first signs of spring is the number of flowers that begin to bloom, some even before the snow is gone. Brightly coloured buds push up through the soil, seduced by the longer days and warmer sun.

Spring wildflowers have a tough job though; within less than a few weeks, they have to be ready for those first warm days of late March to send up their leaves, flower, be pollinated, set fruit and store up energy in their roots for next year. Their life span lasts only a couple of weeks until the the trees begin to block out  their sunlight.

Some of the most common spring wildflowers in Ontario include: red and white trilliums, hepaticas, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, bellflower, columbine and a variety of orchids. Don’t miss out on seeing some of these beautiful signs of spring. The days are longer, so you have more time to get out and explore your neighbourhood parks and ravines.

Toronto’s Top Ten Blooming Beauties for Spring

Snowdrop – One of the earliest bulbs to bloom, sometimes while snow is still on the ground, these small, delicate, bell-shaped flowers are white and tipped with green.

Spring Snowflake – Similar to Snowdrops, they like a damp, sandy location and thrive in sun or shade.

Trout Lily (also known as Dogtooth Violet) – A tall plant with yellow petals that poke through wooded parks in early spring.

Dutch Crocus – Available in a rainbow of colors: purple, white, blue, mauve, yellow, and several striped varieties; these often scatter across a lawn in a sunny location.

Daffodil – Synonymous with spring, the gorgeous yellow/white flowers bloom early to mid-spring.

Scilla – Carpets of these blue flowers blanket lawns and spaces under trees in April, long before grass needs to be mowed!

 Trillium – Ontario’s flower, the Trillium, grows wild and is predominant throughout the wood- lands. Usually white, but also found coloured in deep burgundy.

Tulips – Found in every colour and in numerous varieties, tulips come in early, mid and late spring depending on the variety.

 

HyAcinths – These fragrant beauties bloom shortly after the ground thaws, bringing early color to your garden in white, pink and blue.

Wild Ginger – Almost unnoticed, Canadian native ginger appears in spring in moist, humus soil, with a purple/brown flower.

Where to Find?
Check out a nearby park, or explore the trails of the West Don trail where you can find trout lily, jack-in-the-pulpit and false Solomon’s-seal, or the Rouge Valley for Trilliums. Also visit local parks such as the Glen Stuart Ravine and Neville Park. Each week you’ll see different signs of spring, birds returning and varieties of wild flowers and blossoms.