I love getting out and seeing the new spring plants! Winter starts feeling so long. Plus one great way to learn more about the plants and cycle of the seasons is to pick an area near you and observe what’s growing at different points in the year. My plans for farming fell through so I’ve decided to focus my efforts more on plant identification and foraging. After all, the best medicine is whatever is locally and readily available!
Last year I chose a popular path to observe but this year I chose an area closer to home. It’s a mixed area – field and more foresty (I’m in Southern Ontario). Originally I just took pictures to test my identification guesses but I figured it would make a nice post as well. Kind of like a virtual plant walk. I always enjoy seeing what other people have growing around them. Feel free to leave a comment if I’ve got something wrong!
On the outskirts of the entrance to the path, I spotted some lovely violet! There were only a few, sadly.
I spotted this magnificent bushy Motherwort in the field part of the path, tucked away. I was so excited! Last year I only spotted one plant all year but I also noticed lots of baby Motherwort plants as I explored.
There’s no shortage of Garlic Mustard here! There was lots growing along the paths. Since it’s invasive, you don’t have to feel bad about harvesting it.
There’s usually lots of Burdock growing along the paths and I think this is some as well but it will be easier to tell when it’s bigger. I’m going to keep an eye on it!
I think this is a baby maple tree. Lots of those growing as well!
I think this is Plaintain but I can’t tell what variety yet! Why must Plantain always grow where we can’t harvest it 😉
I’m not sure what kind of clover this will be yet either but I tend to see clovers with white flowers around here.
I had no idea what this one might be but I loved how it looked! I asked in a Facebook plant identification group and they suggested Field Gromwell. There’s so many great resources to help with identification so even if you wouldn’t know where to start with guesses, it’s still worth taking pictures.
Another year of missed dandelion opportunities! I love the fragile beauty as they go to seed still.
Walking the paths and seeing all the new blossoms on trees and the spring plants & new growth always makes me forget about a long winter! Happy adventuring 😀0