Six on Saturday – 10SEP2022 – Millennium Trail Walk

Just watched the formal ceremony ascending King Charles III to the British throne. Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth, so he is now also our official/ceremonial head of state. It’s fascinating how an event that is so sad can also be somewhat celebratory. My garden may also be in mourning this week – there’s not much new happening, so I thought I’d share a few shots from my walk ear!y yesterday along the Millennium Trail – an old railway corridor that has been repurposed as a multiuse recreation trail running through Prince Edward County.

There are a number of wetlands along the trail, with many native plants to see, and quite a few invasive non-natives, as well.

Cattails, or bulrush, Typha latifolia
Jewelweed – Impatiens capensis
Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium maculatum
Wild grape – Vitis sp. – grows wild all over Ontario, this is probably V. Riparia, riverbank grape.
I have no idea what these small aquatic plants are, but they looked very pretty spreading out here.
The first, feature, photo was taken at the start of the walk, not long after the sun came over the horizon. Just a few minutes later the marsh looked like this.

Hope everyone has a great week, with enough rain but not too much, warm but not too hot (or cold), and if you’d like to see more sixes, The Propagator’s page is where to find them.


      1. Well, they look good. The most worthless grape that I ever met was an ‘ornamental’ fruitless grape. It provided exquisite folir color for autumn, but not fruit. That is a lot of maintenance for just color.

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  1. Joe Pye weed’s something I didn’t see until I made it to east Texas, but it can be impressive. I found stands of the plants that were taller than I am — making them about six feet tall, or even more. And the fragrance! and the pollinators that swarm around it! It’s a wonderful plant.

    As for your aquatic plant, at first I thought it was duckweed, but it’s larger than that. Whatever it is, you’re right that it’s quite attractive.

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  2. That’s a lovely view at the end there. I was going to ask about the grapes, but got my answer in the other comments. Not edible then! The pond plants look like dwarf waterlilies without seeing the flowers clearly. Or water hyacinth? Though I don’t think their leaves are round. I have a form of Joe Pye weed in my garden – Eupatorium cannabinum. It grows very tall if I don’t crop it in the spring. Butterflies like it, me not so much.

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  3. I was amazed to read in the comments above that Joe Pye Weed is common in Florida as well! We see it on the edge of woodland here. I wonder if the Jewel weed is as invasive as our non-native Impatiens – I. glandulifera, also known as Himalaya Balsam. In any case, very pretty. 😃

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