Welcome to the first full day of summer! Yesterday, on the summer solstice, I joined a noontime walking group at the University of Guelph Arboretum. We had a great time on the trails, checking out some dragonflies, blooms and butterflies! Scroll on for a photo tour!
The Bald Cypress has the appearance of an evergreen but it is actually deciduous, shedding their needles every fall. They are known for growing in low spots or near water. They develop ‘knees’, a special kind of root protruding from the ground often thought to help stabilize the tree or to transport air to waterlogged roots.
Yucca plants offer a bold statement in the landscape. They love hot, dry conditions and have long sword-like leaves. The yucca moth has an interesting relationship with the yucca flowers as it pollinates the plant and survives on it’s nectar.
The Japanese Tree Lilac is a sturdy and compact tree with large, fragrant creamy-white flowers that bloom in late spring. The foliage is disease resistant and a great choice for urban landscapes.
This small maple tree is often chosen for its showy fall colour of orange-red. We enjoyed the bright, red maple keys in the sunshine that will eventually turn a light tan colour.
One of the highlights of our walk was the very large tulip tree! The tulip-shaped flowers are yellow with an orange band at the base of each petal. It has been in bloom for several weeks and is just finishing. What an unique tree!
We stopped to watch the numerous dragonflies sunning themselves on a series of logs. Love the translucent wings. Such interesting creatures!
It was wonderful to watch the swallowtail butterflies fly in and out of the flowers. There was even a monarch who traveled by us…but he eluded my camera. Next time…! 🙂
Tags: butterfly magnet, Guelph Arboretum, nature photography, summer flowers