If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change ... Buddha
|On my wanderings across the province in search of fish I have walked past many wild flowers without fully appreciating their beauty. It was not until I came across a Painted Trillium that I realised what I had been missing. It has added yet another dimension to my passion for fly-fishing.
It is quite possible that I have mis-identified the odd flower. I have found that, like fly-pattern books and local lore, the many books I have read on the subject do not always agree on the common names given to certain flowers.
An important criteria in identifying a flower is the shape of the leaf, something I had been ignoring in my original research.
These are the flowers that I have found on my wanderings. Some have been by the side of the trail, or on an unused railroad track, or in my backyard, and some I found while I was beating my way through the bushes due to the windfalls from Hurricane Juan (which is when I found the Trillium).
Pictures marked with an asterisk * have been contributed by Bob Boudreau, whose passion for fishing and nature is infectious.
An interesting note to fishermen is that the leaves and stems of the Jewelweed Touch-me-not can be crushed and applied to a poison-ivy sting for short-term relief. Perhaps Albert of The Tent Dwellers wouldn't have wasted the whisky if he'd known this small fact.
This page would not have been possible without the help of Peter Landry and his wonderful web site entitled Wild Flowers of Nova Scotia. Peter's site contains a full description of most of the following flowers.
And another great site is Nova Scotia Wilds. It is full of information, not only about flowers but also the animals of Nova Scotia.
I would very much appreciate comments and corrections.
|The Wild Bunch|
Poppies in a field of corn
Daisies growing in a lawn
Buttercups of brightest yellow
Scented clover in the meadow
Bluebells in a leafy glade
Violets peeping from the shade
Heather on the mountain side
Snowdrop hangs her head to hide
Dog roses entwined with hedge
Stone crop on a cragie ledge
Daffodils and cowslips too
Primroses to name a few
Forget me nots? I hope I never!
May these wild ones survive forever.
by Eva Cecilia Lefever
Roland's Flora of Nova Scotia
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers - Eastern Region
A Field Guide to Wildflowers by Peterson and McKenny
Wild Flowers of Canada by Adrian Davies
The Wild Flower Book, East of the Rockies by Donald and Lillian Stokes
| White flowers|
(white, 5 petals,
Lily of the valley,
(White lady's slipper)
(White or pink)
Queen of the
(usually 7 petals)
(do not pick)
| Yellow flowers|
Iris, Yellow flag
| Red - pink - orange flowers|
Joe Pye Weed
| Blue - purple flowers|
Iris, Blue Flag*
Touch me not,
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