It’s that time of year again when the roads, fields and waterways are full of or lined with wildflowers. Among my favourites are lupins and Blue-flag irises.
Lupins are not native to Prince Edward Island and are considered an invasive species. They are native to western Canada and somehow made their way to this island on the east coast. They line the roads and hillsides is their variously coloured glory although purple is the dominant colour.
Driving down an old country road cut deep into the red soil, the lupins add colour to the roadside.
The purples outnumber pinks and whites
but all are enjoyed by bees and other pollinators.
The lupins by The Lake of Shining Waters, also known as MacNeil’s Pond, line the foreground with the dunes of Cavendish Beach in the background. This scene is a seasonal treat.
Blue-flag irises like water and grow along river banks and ponds. They are a native species on this island and remind me of my home island Newfoundland. These irises grew by the river in Maddox Cove when I was young.
The flowers are interesting in all their blueish-purple glory. The bud is royal blue and the sepals on the flowers have yellow and white markings.
An individual flower is beautiful but a patch is mpressive in its natural setting.
While summer has much to recommend it, among its best attributes are the little things such as the wildflowers.