In the spring a person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of native flowers…

With apologies to Tennyson. 🙂

Daffodils and tulips are lovely, but the plants endemic to North America have their own special charms that ecologists wish more people would appreciate.

Just check out the glorious serviceberry (a.k.a. Juneberry, Saskatoon Berry) blossoms at my local library:

The flowers are not only as delicately beautiful as any cherry blossoms, but they actually produce tasty fruits for people and wildlife to enjoy!

Then there are the woodland wildflowers that are as magical as faeries: spring beauties with their delicately veined petals and leaves as slender as ballerina limbs.

Yellow trout lilies dance like adorable toddlers with stained-bibs leaves:

Dutchman’s breeches, firm and stiff, stand guard:

There are so, so many more native wildflowers yet to spring (hah) forth. I will try to share some more in a future post.