The Flower Way II

Today’s post revisits the Flower Way Garry Oak meadow that I showed details from a few days ago. These pictures are the setting of this small triangle of meadow that has Garry Oak, some Arbutus and a grassy meadow of wild flowers with the occasional introduced species doings its best to ruin the local ecosystem.

The fawn lilies (white), camas (blue) and shooting stars (pink) are most prominent. This meadow is marked on the Capital Regional District map as a park, with the name “Traffic Island” in it. Since there is another similar triangular park nearby, with the same label, I think that this is not actually its name, and that probably means it does not have one. In my earlier post I explain why this family calls it the The Flower Way, and think that is a perfectly good name for a small park, and hereby dub it as such. Oak Bay municipality – are you listening?

Click on any photo below to view it in gallery mode, and once in the gallery, click on the arrows on either side to navigate, or press escape to exit back to this page.

For a map of this location see this link (be ready to wait for a while as the pictures linked to the map take some time to upload, also you may have to scroll to the bottom of the list on the left and then choose the second page and select the flower way, I seem to be testing the limits of google maps now).

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11 thoughts on “The Flower Way II

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    • Hi Lynn. That lily is Erythronium oregonum and around here is called the Fawn Lily, or giant white fawn lily. I have never heard it called a trout lily locally, but looking that name up I see it must be closely related species. I did a post on fawn lilies a couple of weeks ago.

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      • They do seem to be part of the same species; they are often yellow but there are some white trout lilies. I love hearing about the difference in common names from region to region. I’m off to read your fawn lily post again 🙂

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      • In that post I mentioned they are sometimes called trout lily, because that is what my book says, but I dont hear the name used. Googling trout lily comes up most commonly with E. americanum and also with E. albidum. They all look very similar. We have a yellow one around here too, but it is a different species and quite rare.

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  2. Very nice garden tour. Wildflowers are so unassuming and so beautiful, and you made a fine portrait of this kind of flowering landscape. Talking favorites I’m going for your opening photograph. Perhaps this is because of the contrast between the fragile pretty flowerscape and the heavy tree trunks in the background, or just the feeling of spaciousness that this photograph gets across.

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    • Hi Joseph. Thanks for your comment. I think some of that spaciousness comes from the background strip of quite well lit lawn that is beyond the edge of this ‘traffic island’. Also, the oaks are mostly quite young, or appear to be, and the smaller trunks probably open up the view too. I wish there were more and large surviving meadows like this. They are pretty hard to find.

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