Montana Outdoors

July 2, 2011

Mock Orange

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:56 pm

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis’ Mock Orange ~ Philadelphus lewisii

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  1. Another amazing flower, thanks to you the photographer!

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    Comment by mitambien — July 2, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    • Thanks! This is actually a shrub that gets up to ten feet tall and the blossoms are larger than most wildflowers too. It has been a favorite of mine since childhood.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

  2. your photos show the glorious beauty that is.

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    Comment by Tammie — July 3, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    • Thanks Tammie! There is so much beauty here around us. We are fortunate!

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  3. This is a pretty one. I have heard of it, but not seen it. Does the shrub have a fragrance?

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    Comment by sandy — July 3, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    • The blossoms have a very nice sweet scent. They do remind one of orange blossoms.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  4. Glad you offer large pictures with lots of gorgeous detail. We have a species of Philadelphus that grows wild in Austin, but I’ve never been fortunate enough to come across one.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 3, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    • They are abundant here, really brightening up the mountainsides. For some reason though they only grow in the far west part of the country; (CA, ID, MT, OR, WA).

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  5. They almost always bloom here on the 4th of July. None yet, on the third, so perhaps they’ll be late this year. Like almost everything else has been.

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    Comment by Kim — July 3, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    • In 2009 they bloomed as early as mid-June. This year about the same as last year here.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  6. p.s. Love the interplay of light and shadow on these.

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    Comment by Kim — July 3, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  7. Very nice lighting sets these flowers off well. Well-done!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • Thanks! They are large enough and abundant enough it was possible to find some with the right light. Usually I prefer to photograph on cloudy days.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  8. How beautiful these are! I really like the last photo… gorgeous. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna — July 4, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    • They are pretty and aromatic blossoms, and plentiful too.

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  9. They’re beautiful, especially against that blue sky.

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    Comment by thedailyclick — July 4, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    • I had to try for one against the clear sky. We have had very little of that so far this year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  10. Ah Montucky, these are beautiful. And just look at the blue blue sky in the background. What a place of wonders, this earth of ours.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 4, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    • It is indeed a place of wonders, Bo! Today I covered many miles of back country, and every inch of it was beautiful!

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  11. I love the scent of orange blossoms so that’s good that these have a similar scent.

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    Comment by Candace — July 4, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    • They always remind me of orange blossom time in Phoenix except there aren’t as many!

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  12. Lovely! I wish I could remember where I used to see Mock Orange quite regularly. I’m wondering if it was one of the plants my mother grew, but then she grew so many, I’ve forgotten half of them!

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    Comment by Val — July 7, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    • I didn’t realize that you had it over there. Perhaps that is why my mother was so very fond of it: she spent most of her early childhood in England.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

      • Yes, indeed, they grow in England (probably also in Wales but I’m not aware of any locally). In fact, I’m now wondering if it’s in a photo I have of my parents in the family garden. I must have a look now! Thanks Terry for stirring a memory. 🙂

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        Comment by Val — July 8, 2011 @ 4:04 am

  13. Again so beautiful photos. I love all of them.

    It was curious to check if it is found here in Finland. Answer is Yes. Some garden shops are selling it. We have for it a nickname “Tähtisilmä” meaning in English “Star eye”. Cool name, I guess?

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    Comment by sartenada — July 7, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    • I’m glad to see that you have it there: it’s a very pretty and fragrant plant. Yes, that is a very cool name for it!

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  14. Marvelous light… gorgeous images… bonus BUG! 🙂

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    Comment by Victoria — July 22, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    • Thanks Tory! One big advantage of being outside a lot is that it greatly increases the chances of seeing something of interest when the light is just right.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 22, 2011 @ 11:32 pm


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