Montana Outdoors

April 26, 2008


Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:24 pm

These are the tulips that were stomped on by the snow six days ago when they were still buds. Nature’s resilience can be amazing!


These are mystery flowers. Each spring since we moved back here 15 years ago, these two little blue flowers bloom in the same spot, but only the two, the only ones I’ve ever seen anywhere. I have no idea what they are, although in some ways they look similar to Siberian squill, which is not native to Montana. They are not in a flower bed or a place where to my knowledge any flowers were ever planted, indeed it’s a place that would normally get foot traffic (a lawn area near the house). They are a little bit smaller than the spring yellowbells.

Siberian squill?

Siberian squill?


  1. The colors of spring are simply spectacular, even moreso after winter.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — April 27, 2008 @ 7:14 am

  2. Wow, those tulips are gorgeous now.

    And those little blue flowers are fabulous. I’ll be watching the comments here to see if someone can identify them.

    Thanks so much!


    Comment by Sara — April 27, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  3. Scienceguy,

    They sure came back strong, didn’t they! We’ve happy to see them get started, even though a little late.


    Comment by montucky — April 27, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  4. Sara,

    Yes, I hope someone has seen them before and will recognize them. The tulips are a welcome sight. Our wildflowers at higher elevations will be much later than usual because of the heavy snow banks up there. I have tried several times to get into the high country and have so far been turned back by snow banks on the roads. Can’t even get to most of the trail heads. That’s good news for the country though.


    Comment by montucky — April 27, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  5. Good ol’ tulips. Just keep on going. Just like the rest of us, too. 🙂


    Comment by Bo — April 27, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  6. Yes they do. It’s always encouraging to see them do it too.


    Comment by montucky — April 27, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  7. The tulips are beautiful and, obviously, the bee thinks they are a welcome site too!

    Oooo! A mystery to solve when it comes to those blue flowers. I love mysteries!


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — April 27, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

  8. Yes, the bee! I was more excited to see him than the flowers. They were very scarce last year.

    I’m accumulating more mystery flowers now too. The very tiny ones are especially hard to identify I think because most folks either don’t notice them or don’t want to bother with them, and some are probably more on the weed side of things than the flower side.


    Comment by montucky — April 27, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

  9. Perhaps if you keep taking pictures, somebody will know what those blue flowers are one day. Great tulips, Our tulips probably came out several weeks earlier.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 27, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  10. These are the only tulips so far. Usually by this time of the month there are lots of them in bloom.

    Yes, I hope someone might recognize the little blue flowers.


    Comment by montucky — April 27, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

  11. Always a good sign of spring is the blooming of the tulips, great shot Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 29, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  12. BTW.. I don’t have an idea fro the little blue flowers, but they sure are beautiful, nice work !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 29, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  13. Thanks, Bernie!

    The way this year is going, that may have been the entire spring. Today it is cold and rainy again.


    Comment by montucky — April 29, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

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