Montana Outdoors

August 23, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (11)

As summer draws to a close, blooms of the wildflowers have almost completed; I have only a few more photos of this year’s blooms left to post.

For the next couple of weeks my posting will likely be sporadic and/or brief. Our daughter will be here for a visit and we have a lot of plans, many of which involve trekking into the beautiful back country of Montana. I’m sure there will be many photos to be posted later as a result of those trips, perhaps including some new blooms.

Shrubby Penstemon and Indian Paintbrush

Shrubby Penstemon and Indian Paintbrush

Golden Clover

Golden Clover ~ Trifolium aureum

Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink ~ Dianthus armeria

Yellow Evening Primrose

Yellow Evening Primrose ~ Oenothera villas

Parsnip-flower Buckwheat

Parsnip-flower Buckwheat ~ Erigonum heracleoides

Arrowleaf Buckwheat

Arrowleaf Buckwheat ~ Erigonum compositum


  1. i envy your daughter…how do you feel about adoption (of a 46 year old =o)


    Comment by Sandy — August 23, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    • If you were here Sandy, you would be very welcome to hike with us!


      Comment by Montucky — August 23, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  2. The close-ups are wonderful. Hope you have a great visit with your daughter! It’s lovely that you both share a love of the outdoors. Look forward to your photos!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — August 23, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    • Thanks Cait! We will have a great time, I’m sure. I have very few hiking companions, but I’m very pleased that two of those few are my daughter and my son, both of whom are very comfortable in the back country.


      Comment by Montucky — August 23, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  3. I see two of those here in NH – the yellow clover and the Deptford pink. We have another species of evening primrose that is so close to yours that I was able to at least name the genus. The others… we either don’t have, or I haven’t found.


    Comment by jomegat — August 23, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    • The buckwheat is a western-only plant I believe and the others may be too. All were found at fairly high elevations. The only place I’ve encountered the buckwheats is on mountain peaks.


      Comment by Montucky — August 23, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  4. I’ve enjoyed this series very much. Have a wonderful time with your daughter!


    Comment by Candace — August 24, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    • Thanks Candace. She will be here tomorrow, but I’m afraid it will feel very warm to her. The west coast has been really nice and cool and our temps in the 90’s will be a shock. (It has been a long time since we left Arizona!)


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

  5. I’ve never seen a golden clover before (plenty of white and pink). I like the arrowleaf buckwheat, too.
    Have a great time with your daughter! Can’t wait to see the pictures… and hopefully some early autumn flowers.


    Comment by thedailyclick — August 24, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    • Thanks Michaela! We are both looking forward to her visit and our outings!


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  6. Enjoy your visit w/daughter. I certainly enjoyed my visit to your wildflowers. So beautiful–I am always amazed in the differences, as if we lived on different sides of the planet…


    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 24, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    • The differences in the flowers by region are astounding to me. Some have a quite general distribution while others are very limited. Several are found in only a few states. It would be a great subject of study for a botanist!


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  7. Deptford Pink, I haven’t seen one since I was a child back in NY. They were one of my favorites. Have fun with your family.


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — August 24, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    • I love their color. I first saw one several years ago and liked it, then this year I was pleased to see that we have some in our yard for the first time ever. This one was on the bottom part of the trail that goes across Sundance Ridge.


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

  8. The Deptford Pink looks quite interesting- I’ve seen it here in Ohio, but yours looks more intricate!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — August 24, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    • If they were larger, they would be big hits in all of the garden stores I think. They are beautiful blossoms!


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Enjoy yourself. Indian Paintbrush is a favorite of mine from my long ago days living in Texas. Have a great day tomorrow and the rest of the week, too! Happy hiking!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 24, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    • I think a lot of folks have Indian Paintbrush on their “favorite” list. I have for over half a century!


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  10. the flowers are beautiful. and I can only dream of the days of pleasant hikes with adult children! hopefully all the drama passes before then!


    Comment by silken — August 24, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    • Just wait, Stacey! I can’t imagine anything better than to go out with my son or daughter! You will love those times too!


      Comment by Montucky — August 24, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

  11. My goodness! I feel right at home here today – we share many of these flowers. Indian paintbrush, yellow primrose (although pink is more common in my area), golden clover, It gives me pause to think there might be others that I’ll sight here over the coming year. Of course bloom times would be different for us because of the differing climates.

    Researching, and curious – do you know about the August singularity? Have you experienced it this year? I missed writing about it last year but may get to it this. Have a wonderful time exploring with your family – that is at the top of the “what’s good in life” heap!


    Comment by shoreacres — August 25, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    • I’ve read a little about the August Singularity, but I’m not exactly sure of how it has been defined. This year, as in most years we do have quite a variation between night temps and day temps and a “feel” to the air that denotes fall. I remember many years ago we could just about count on a snowfall in early September, followed by a month or so of Indian summer which was very pleasant: haven’t seen that in the last decade though.


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  12. Looking forward to seeing some new blooms from your hike with your daughter. Hopefully that low purple penstemon that seems to like alpine trails. Have fun.


    Comment by Kim — August 25, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    • Hopefully we will get out starting Tuesday. I love those high country Penstemons too!


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

  13. The shot of the golden clover is one of your best! Have a wonderful visit with your daughter! Enjoy every single second!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — August 25, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    • Thanks Bill! We will indeed enjoy every second. The event that brought her here this year was my son’s wedding, which was last night. I have to say it was the most pleasant wedding that I’ve ever seen, set in a meadow beside a small stream and completely informal.


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  14. Enjoy your visit with your daughter… I will be in Montana soon myself (think I mentioned in a previous comment) but will be sticking pretty close to Red Lodge… hope to get some hiking in and maybe even a visit or two to a scenic sunset spot! Your previous post has me so envious and of course, your flowers here are, once again, just amazing! Indian Paintbrush remains a favorite of mine but in this post, your Golden Clover and Evening Primrose are my favorites!


    Comment by Victoria — August 25, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    • Looks like your timing will be good, Tory. Our temps are forecast to go back down to normal in a couple more days.


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  15. The flower pictures are great. Most flowers are new to me and I like seeing each one. Have a good visit.


    Comment by Ratty — August 25, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    • I wish you could see the wildflowers as they start their blooms here in spring and early summer. There are new ones to see every day, as in a procession.


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  16. Bittersweet – this end of summer..and the end of summer’s blossoms. Enjoy your time with your daughter.


    Comment by Marcie — August 26, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    • Bittersweet it is indeed Marcie. I have always found it interesting here though that August and early September are our hottest and driest times and in many years we are happy to have our first snow to end the heat and stop the wildfires!


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  17. Have a wonderful time with your daughter. I really like the shrubby penstemen, Indian paintbrush combination.


    Comment by Tammy — August 26, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    • We are having a great time already, Tammy! I liked that combination too: nature is a great arranger!


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  18. such gorgeous photos, thank you.
    wishing you a wonderful visit with your daughter. my son was here last week and we had a grand time exploring.


    Comment by Tammie — August 26, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    • Thanks Tammie! I can’t think of anything much better than getting outdoors with my kids! I’m glad you had a good time with your son too!


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  19. I love the golden clover…it looks so exotic, as if it is made of golden satin. Wishing you the best of times with your daughter and looking forward to the photos of your hikes!


    Comment by kateri — August 26, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    • I like that species of clover a lot too. It’s very bright among the last summer grasses! Yes, we should have some good photos to come. Our weather is turning cooler but staying pretty clear.


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  20. All are beautiful captures of the wildflowers. I really like the Deptford Pink. Enjoy your visit with your daughter. I’m looking to the photos you will share.


    Comment by Anna — August 27, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    • I love the color of the Deptford Pink. What a beautiful shade!

      We do thoroughly enjoy our visits; just wish we lived closer!


      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  21. I enjoyed Your set of summer flowers.

    Golden Clover ~ Trifolium aureum, generally seen here.
    Dianthus armeria is in Finland, but very rare.
    Oenothera villas, not here
    Erigonum heracleoides, not here
    Erigonum compositum, not here.

    My favorite photo and flower is Deptford Pink. Incredible beauty.

    I wish a very wonderful time with Your daughter.

    BTW, now I am back from our vacation and will start my once a week posting. I made a new interesting post just today.

    Happy Sunday!


    Comment by sartenada — August 27, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  22. it still looks like Spring there. Here, the leaves are starting to change … the greens are not as green and the flowers/weeds have mostly gone to seed. Thanks for sharing your bright, spring like world.


    Comment by bearyweather — August 29, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    • A few leaves are changing here too. Most of these photos were taken at over 6,000 feet and it stays green there until the snow comes.


      Comment by montucky — August 29, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

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