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


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


    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.


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

  2. your photos show the glorious beauty that is.


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

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


      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?


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

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


      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


    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).


      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.


    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.


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

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


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

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


    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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


    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.


      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.


    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!


      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.


    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!


      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!


    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.


      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. 🙂


        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?


    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!


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

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


    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.


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

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