While out for an after-dinner stroll, I came across this woody knoll of trilliums.

I was fortunate to stumble on them at the height of their blooming glory.

The well-worn path indicates many others have been here before me. There were a few little pot holes too, indicating gardeners have been here to try to take some plants home.

I have three trillium plants in my garden, one I got from a vendor at the Parkdale Market a few years ago. The other two I bought from Artistic Landscape on Bank Street at Johnstone Road (about $7, I think) which has a large bed they propagate their own plants in.

About one in a thousand of the plants in the wood had a red bloom, not to be mistaken for a fading white bloom that developes a pinkish hue as it fades away.

I thought it would be rather easy to Ontarioize Wordsworth’s poem:

“Daffodils” (1804)

I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch’d in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

3 thoughts on “Trilliums

  1. It’s funny, but in Ontario people still feel a bit like thieves if they pinch a Trillium plant. It’s a myth that it is an offence to do so. It’s an offence only in provincial parks. I used to have a wild flower bed and I “stole” all the plants from the woods though none of them were rare (wild ginseng or wild garlic). Often these plants are safer in a garden than under the developers heavy equipment tires! Nice little Trillium walk!

  2. Two interesting things I learned about Trilliums today. First I was also under the “it’s an offence to pinch them” mistaken notion. I guess as a cub scout in the 70’s they drilled that notion into us. Second that only 1/1000 is red. I was very deep in Algonquin Park this past weekend (saw only 3 other parties in 5 days and got soaked and eaten alive) and as I’m the guy who does the Mr. Canoe Head thing during the (long) portages my view is largely of the ground for about a commulative 10-15 km hike over a few days. And I saw A LOT of red trilliums. The vast majority in fact were a dark burgundy colour. Are they really that rare. I in fact thought they were another flower that just really looked like a trillium. I’m not botonist.

  3. I dunno if the red ones are rare. In the huge patch I wandered through, red ones were very scarce. I googled the subject but didn’t get an answer I could summarize. So, in my patch red ones are rare. Your results may differ.
    Welcome back to the west side.

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