Well, there are more flowers yet to bloom, but I couldn’t do a year’s worth. I thought about going up and getting photos of the new snow, but I doubt that anyone would want to see that after the winter we had.
The lupines are starting to bloom all over now at the lower elevations. Their bloom will work on up to the high places by the end of summer, so there will be lupines blooming nearly all summer. Today I drove and hiked up to about 5300 feet, where it is still early spring. Up there the Shooting Stars are in full bloom and the ground is just covered with Spring beauties, blooming in between patches of snow.
I really had no idea there were so many wildflowers blooming in spring in Montana. I don’t think I’ve ever been outdoors in the wild country in May as we never made it to the mountains until school was out (when I was younger) and my visits to MT these days are generally in September (sometimes in June). I’m going to have to get out one year in May and go on a wildflower hunt!
Once again… spectacular images of these beautiful wildflowers!
May and even in June is the best time, depending on the elevations. Yesterday I got up to 5300 feet before snow blocked the road and it’s like early spring up there, with Glacier lilies, Shooting Stars and Springbeauties all in bloom.
Lupine is so abundant that it is one of the flowers that I HAVE picked for a bouquet, on my own property. However, it has a really unpleasant odor, making it not so good for a table vase! Ours are only beginning to bud now, so you are way ahead of us. BTW, a few of our wild lupines bloom in pink.
Did you know, the state east of you is having all kinds of flooding issues? Talked with my North Dakota-ian daughter over the weekend and a lot of the campgrounds are closed because of it. Hope your rivers and streams are still under control.
We do not have Lupinus arcticus, I think so, but many other Lupins. Lupins are beautiful, but it is not “popular” because it is taking environment from our own wild flowers. It is then in that way wiping out our natural flowers. Nowadays it can be seen everywhere on both side of roads. So it is also here where I live.