The garden is in an area designed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Because this part of Ontario was always, and still is, sparsely populated, with hardly any industry and no intensive farming, the flora and fauna are particularly rich.
The following pictures were all taken on roadsides, on June 24.
The Indian paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea, is semi-parasitic (hence it cannot be moved). By the side of the road, it tends to grow singly, but in fields it can grow in very large stands. You can see paint brushes in many colors in the North American west, but we only have the vermillion one, which is probably the most striking of the lot.
Usually growing directly on the rock is the harebell. Sometimes it grows together with the wood lilies.
|Wood lily and harebells|
All of these can be found in dry, sunny areas. This is also the case of this short coreopsis. They are less common, but where they occur, they can be quite numerous.
In ditches along roads where water accumulates you can see the northern blue flag (Iris versicolor), the floral emblem of Québec. They also grow in fields where they can be quite numerous.
|Northern Blue Flag|
Still in wet spots, usually near culverts, you find the Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis) which grows in billowing masses. Do not import it into the garden as I did in our previous garden. It completely took over a shady area. It is beautiful, but it can be very invasive.
|Canada anemone by a culvert, on the side of the road|
In damp places along roads you can see the swamp rose (Rosa palustris), which tends to be very short.
This last little plant I do not know. Perhaps some of you will. It is under a foot high and, as you can see, quite attractive. It grew with the coreopsis, in the gravel of a side road.