Friday, June 01, 2012

Mountain Wildflowers

May is a magnificent month for flowers, both cultivated at home --- and wild at our mountain cabin. Sometimes the mountain wildflowers need to be sought out, as they can have tiny blooms and hide well in forest undergrowth. I've observed that the purple and white flowers bloom earliest, then the yellows, and lastly the reds. It's a beautiful cacophony of color when they are finally all in bloom! Learning their names can be somewhat of a puzzle for me, but I am working at naming and remembering them the best I can. The flowers below were all in bloom at our cabin on Memorial Day week-end. Aren't they pretty?

And now it's time to start on the June list...

 Indian Paintbrush

 Shooting Stars

 Ballhead Waterleaf

 Wild Onion


 Balsam Root

 Queen's Cup

 Woodland Star

 Wild Strawberry

 Calypso Lady Slipper Orchid

 Yellow Violets

 Painted Milkvetch



 Cat's Ears

Camas Root

Mock Orange


  1. What fun discoveries in the wild!

  2. Love, love, love wildflowers. There are several I didn't know here, so fun to see. Love the lupine's, saw Indian Paintbrush in Colorado, I didn't know mock orange grew in the wild, just beautiful!!!

  3. There are many I don't know - I remember you showed the yellow violets last year and I had never seen yellow ones. These are wonderful and thank you for "educating".

  4. Oooooo, bet the mock orange smell delightful. Wild and beautiful, your flowers, La Tea Dah. And the lupines! Oh, my fave. Reminded me of one of most wonderful children's books of my life----Miss Rumphius. Have you read it? SOOOO lovely. If not, go to Barnes and Noble and buy it. It's a keeper! Susan

  5. I enjoyed the wildflowers on our recent travels through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah - and Oregon. I always enjoy seeing those you share.

  6. We have a cultivated Mock Orange...smells soooo strong, but very pretty.

    If I took notes, I might remember the names, too. I see many similarities between your wildflowers and my own. I nearly squealed reading "ballhead waterleaf" as I have always wondered what it is.

  7. So nice to be surrounded by such pretty wildflowers. The only one I know we have is the dandelion. :) Hope you are having a good weekend. Tammy

  8. Thank you for the tour. I need to get up to the mountains and take a flower walk too.


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