Quite different than Tennessee here, isn't it? A month later, Tennessee was way warmer than Ottawa and surroundings. You will see Jan's jacket in the last episode. She has it around her waist. Today, she has it on.
Some ephemerals were making an appearance. We walked along the Crazy Horse Trail (to be reprised in 2018) until flooding turned us back. We did see a few flowers:
This one, above and below is common and easily overlooked, as the yellow-green flowers fail to impress.Later the round light blue fruit will appear. This is Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides).
They look very enticing. From the GoBotany website (New England) we learn:
"Blue cohosh is an attractive wildflower, with an unusual display of the spherical blue fruits held stiffly above the leaf canopy. The roots were widely used my Americans as an herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments and as a general tonic."
From the Government of Canada's Biodiversity Information Facility (who comes up with these names??):
"The plant contains chemicals that can cause cell damage. Experiments show that handling powdered root can cause irritation of mucous membranes, with possible dermatitis. No case histories of poisoning were found in the literature, but the plant has poisoning potential. Children should not be allowed to eat the attractive blue fruits of this plant (Muenscher 1975, Lampe and McCann 1985). No references were found of poisoning of livestock."
Another "just-about-to-flower-plant-which=would=look=way=better-if-it-was-flowering-and-which-I-almost-overlooked-because-looking-down-the-leaves-appeared-to-be-more-maplish" is an uncommon plant: Two-leafed Toothwort, Cardamine diphylla. It appears to become more common in the southern deciduous forests, but it isn't commonly found west of Ottawa, where the tend is toward more acid soils.
Regulus calendula (it is often you can SEE the ruby colouring)
Next time, a word about the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, then on to the summer cottage at end of June, with, maybe, perhaps, possibly, a sighting or two along the way.