Montana Outdoors

March 27, 2010

A little practice for wildflower season

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:38 pm



In that we didn’t plant these little ones that I found in our front yard today, I will call them “wild”, (and even with its bad reputation, I still think the Dandelion blossom is pretty).



  1. A weed is all in the eye of the beholder. I love dandelions (you might have guessed that from the name of my blog, LOL) and encourage them in my yard and garden. We had them growing like a golden carpet in our yard when I was growing up. When I lived in town, I’m sure all my neighbors with there boring green lawns hated me. They are a bit skimpy on our new property–will be working to rectify that! Lovely photos!


    Comment by kateri — March 27, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    • I love the blossoms and the fact that they bloom early. We always get excited when we see the first ones in spring.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

  2. Pretty. I like dandelions, too, I just don’t like a whole bunch of them with their bare stems sticking up in my yard.


    Comment by Candace — March 27, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    • Yes, once the blossom is gone I mow them too. Doesn’t hurt the plant and I don’t like the bare stems either.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  3. I like dandelions too…brings back memories of childhood. I have one to post soon, too!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — March 27, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    • Those childhood memories of dandelions are good ones too! They fit pretty well in our yard because our front “lawn” is really a type of pasture grass that we mow in the summer and let grow in the fall so the deer have at least a little bit of food source in a heavy winter.


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2010 @ 8:39 am

  4. I like them too, in fact, there is one blooming in my front yard that will be on my blog tomorrow, if it isn’t covered with snow, and maybe, even then.

    The violet is pretty, too.


    Comment by sandy — March 28, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    • I’m glad to see that you and other folks like them too, Sandy. The violets come up there every year although we haven’t planted any. I mow at about a 3 inch height, so they survive well. I think perhaps one of my aunts planted some in a flower bed here in the 40’s and they have just survived on their own ever since. We enjoy seeing them!


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  5. I love the dandelion in its sunniness. I happen to like dandelions. LOL None has popped up here yet. I have little violets like this one that grows beneath an elm tree and they are so lovely. None yet of these either. Lovely dandelion and violet. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — March 28, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    • Both of these appeared in the last few days. I think that part of my fondness for dandelions is because they seem to always be blooming somewhere and can be counted on to provide a blossom in about any location.


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  6. With your shots, you can make a dung beetle beautiful!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — March 28, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  7. I’ve never seen such a beautiful dandelion… LOOK at that detail… spectacular!!!


    Comment by kcjewel — March 28, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    • It’s a new blossom and it has had cool conditions so it has not been damaged by the sun and heat nor nibbled on by an insect. Probably a dandelion blossom at its best.


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  8. I’ve often said that one man’s weeds are another’s wildflowers. Dandelions get a bad rap. And if you haven’t, you should stop and photograph a field full of dandelions… beautiful color, like a yellow carpet!


    Comment by edvatza — March 31, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    • There is a field like that about 15 miles from here and I will stop if I can catch it just right. It’s about 60 acres and at the right time it’s solid yellow.


      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

  9. I totally agree about the dandelion!Always enjoy your beautiful photos…no matter what the subject. We love Montana!
    Thanks for always sharing!


    Comment by Anonymous — March 31, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  10. Dandelion greens make good wine, or so I’m told. I’m allergic to them. Even though they are one of God’s prolific designs, I’d rather be without them as I sneeze and sneeze and sneeze. Could not drink Louisiana coffee due to the chicory, as it is a cousin of the dandelion. 😦 Yet, they are a beautiful creation. And fields of them are beautiful. Just not for me. 😦


    Comment by Iona — April 11, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    • I’ve heard of Dandelion wine, but never tried it. Dandelions are so widespread and prolific, it must be really rough to be allergic to them!


      Comment by montucky — April 11, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  11. Oh, yes. The violet? I thought in the beginning it was a spider wort. Love the colors that just absolutely jump out at you.


    Comment by Iona — April 11, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    • There are patches of these in our front yard: those are the places that don’t get mowed. I like them too because they bloom so early in the spring.


      Comment by montucky — April 11, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

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