-30-Other plants that might be considered ‘weeds’:
It’s a tale of 2 trees…
Across the continent, Eastern Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) is native to the southernmost tip of Ontario.
Both species often suffer from anthracnose fungus that disfigures leaves & causes twig & branch dieback. Ontario’s native dogwood is considered ‘at risk.’
The answer? A genuinely Canadian fix: combine them.
Enter H.M. Eddie (Henry Matheson Eddie). A nurseryman in BC’s Fraser Valley who got a kick out of creating new varieties of any number of plants. His 1945 success, ‘Eddie’s White Wonder,’ is the combo of the Pacific & the Eastern dogwoods.
Eddie’s dogwood is pretty much disease-free! Beyond that,
- pollinators love the spring flowers.
- Birds gorge on the berry clusters.
- Deer leave the tree alone (except the occasional buck needing to scratch his antlers – so trunk protection is needed.)
- And fall leaf colour is another spectacle.
It’s been such a triumphant landscape success that Eddie’s White Wonder was honoured as Vancouver’s Centennial tree...
and as one of my favourite trees to find blooming during our morning walks each April 🙂
Time & patience is a beautiful thing.
Well over a century ago, someone planted crocus in a garden at Hillside Farm. In the late 1880’s much of the farm became a subdivision. Then, 90 years after that, the original home site became Summit Park. Even though the gardens are no longer there, the crocuses are. They’ve survived & naturalized in the Garry Oak meadow.
It delights me to see the tiny blooms peeking out of the grass as the sun shines down on them. Crocus isn’t as showy as the native fawn lily & camas that bloom here in April & May, but their energy is exuberant. In February, I need this excitement.
Snow Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) is reputed as the best of the 90 Crocus species for naturalizing. A decade ago, I planted bags & bags of mixed snow crocus in a patch of lawn outside our home. It’s doing okay, but not up to Summit Park’s showing. I wonder if the Hillside homesteader had access to bags of bulbs way back then… Perhaps, s/he ordered catalogue seed?
Here are some other meadows:
- Meadow Blooms 1 – Crocus
- Meadow Blooms 2 – Chionodoxa
- Meadow Blooms 3 – English daisy
- Meadow Blooms 4 – Fawn Lily
- Meadow Blooms 5 – Camas
- Meadow Blooms 6 – Snowdrops
- Meadow Blooms 7 – Wild Violets
- Meadow Blooms 8 – January Meadow
- Meadow Blooms 9 – Daffodils
- Meadow Blooms 10 – July Meadow