April is a great month for getting out and 'into nature', and if the birds aren't abundant enough, there will be flowers to get distracted by. Inland areas are warmer than places along the lake, so wildflowers there will be up to two weeks different in their flowering condition. Most of the ones here are related to lake side locations, such as Rondeau Provincial Park.
Some of the earliest ones are almost finished, including Bloodroot....
...and Spring Beauty.
Dutchman's Breeches is just getting underway at Rondeau.....
One of the earliest buttercups has been out for at least a couple of weeks, but is still abundant.
|Early Buttercup in the Rondeau picnic area|
A bit surprising is the number of wildflower species which normally don't begin to bloom until May, have been in good flower for a few days now. But given the less than severe winter and some early warm-up weather, it may not be all that unusual, and may even indicate a trend. For example both White and Red Trillium have an average first flowering date of May 4. Both of these were noted in flower on April 27, and likely were out at least a day or two earlier than that.
But not to worry....the late April and early May showers will bring on lots of flowers which will show up in the next few weeks!