From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on April 20.
Here are a few things from a walk at Roy Morrison Nature Park last week [click a photo to enlarge it]:
- A trio of trilliums, Trillium ovatum. I was shocked to see some children clutching a bouquet of these and other flowers. We need to get the word out that these aren’t for picking, and are supposed to be protected by law in BC!!
- Rusty, hairy fiddleheads of sword fern, Polystichum munitum.
- The complexity of alder bark: old sapsucker drilling holes, black bear claw marks, layered over the squiggly lines of the lichen Graphis stricta. And more lichens, with intriguing boundaries that look like countries on a map.
- This one is from my backyard: our showiest native shrub, red-flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum. A great plant to have in the garden, and it’s a win-win because hummingbirds love these flowers also.