Keeping up with our area’s wildflowers has been pretty difficult the last few weeks. Our “spring” has been so much wetter and colder than normal so our wildflowers are lagging behind their normal bloom time.But now that the sun is out and the temperatures are rising, we have a show of wildflowers to make you smile if you take the time to notice.
Don’t get me wrong….it is not a burden to enjoy the bursting out of colors and shapes along the walking trail and our hiking trail. I love seeing the familiar happy flowers and it warms my heart to realize how many of them I actually can identify with no hesitation. The slow flower-by-flower learning of my local area is a joy and it makes the last four or five years of focusing on looking up and naming flowers worth the effort.
Here is a sort of photo journal of some of our wildflowers from the last few weeks.
The chinese purple houses are everywhere this year. I think the abundance of rain has brought it all out. It is almost “common” this year.
This is my treasured purple milkweed and there are only two plants that I could find this year. I have gone back to see if it is blooming and it is still in bud. I don’t want to miss it.
Mustang clover blankets whole hillsides along our trail. Isn’t it a happy flower?
We don’t have too much larkspur but there is one spot that I can find it every year. It also doesn’t last long so I was glad that I was able to catch it on the bloom.
The Checkermallow has such a delicate pink color and check out the bud. Doesn’t look like candy?
Monkeyflowers are the flower of the year. They line the roadside ditches with explosions of yellow.
What about your part of the world? What are your common wildflowers and what is in abundance this year? I would love to hear your stories.