Montana Outdoors

April 19, 2012


Along the trail to the celebration of the trilliums there was a bonus: bluebells have begun to bloom.

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells, Long-flowered Lungwort, Trumpet Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora


  1. Such a beautiful intense blue. Interesting to see that your bluebells are a different species from ours in the UK. Are those fragrant?


    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 19, 2012 @ 2:00 am

    • I haven’t detected a fragrance, but they are quite small so there may not be much.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  2. Now those bluebells really look blue—unlike Texas’s blue curls, bluebonnets, and bluebell (gentian)s.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 19, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    • We have a couple other blue wildflowers too which are lighter in color.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  3. Beautiful shots of a beautiful flower. My favorite color as well.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 19, 2012 @ 6:01 am

  4. Gorgeous saturation of color on these. Definitely a wonderful bonus to the trillium trail.


    Comment by anniespickns — April 19, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    • I see them in the same location there every year, but they are usually later than the trilliums.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

  5. Blue is my least favorite color, but I can’t help but admire these beauties. The color change from early bud to full flower is quite remarkable, and in the top photo, you can see the purple lingering in that one bloom that hasn’t quite caught up with the others. They must really shine against the still-wintery browns of the trail.


    Comment by shoreacres — April 19, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    • Yes they do show up very well. My observation has been that they love the sun in early spring because they grow in openings that receive direct sun. Later in the year the plants under the shade of other plants that leaf out later.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

  6. That is the kind of surprise I love. What intense blue that is. I wish they would grow here.


    Comment by sandy — April 19, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    • Yes, they are really blue! You might have Mertensia virginica, Virginia bluebells, somewhere there according to USDA Plants.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

      • I will keep looking, but have not seen them yet. You know, I don’t miss a blue flower!


        Comment by sandy — April 21, 2012 @ 5:43 am

  7. One of the most lovely gifts of early spring!


    Comment by Colleen — April 19, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    • They are indeed! Spring is when the mountains celebrate the end of winter and the coming summer.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

  8. Stunning!


    Comment by Roberta — April 19, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  9. What an incredible blue! WoW! =)


    Comment by Tricia — April 19, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  10. I love those colors. They look like a beautifully designed gown out of velvet and silk. Lovely photos.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 19, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    • They do seem to relate to velvet and silk! Rich colors and wonderful textures.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  11. Such a vivid blue! Wow! Very pretty!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — April 19, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    • Such a contrast to the browns and grays of early spring, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  12. Fantastic photos af a really blue flower!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — April 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

  13. They really are very, very blue. Totally different to our European bluebells.


    Comment by Finn Holding — April 19, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    • The color must have some purpose that I certainly don’t understand.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  14. Beautiful, thank you! Ellen


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — April 19, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  15. Fantastic job capturing the brilliant blue color of the bluebells! Very pretty photos indeed!


    Comment by alskamom — April 19, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

  16. Gorgeous…simply so.


    Comment by seekraz — April 19, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  17. How beautiful! 🙂


    Comment by zannyro — April 19, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  18. Sigh. I could not make a sigh when seeing Bluebells You have captured. Your photos are gorgeous and I love them.


    Comment by Sartenada — April 19, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    • It’s a great pleasure to photograph beautiful little wildflowers! I’m very pleased that you like them!


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  19. It will be months before I see these, hiking in some alpine meadow along a little brook.
    I think they are also called lungwort. Not sure why, though.


    Comment by Kim — April 20, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    • I’ve read that Tall bluebells are sometimes called lungwort because of their resemblance to European lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis, a plant believed to be good for lung diseases.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  20. Those are intensely blue and beautiful. Makes me think of the old nursery rhyme. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen bluebells other than in pictures. You are so fortunate, Montucky, you live in a perpetual book of art!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 20, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    • That’s a very nice way to think of it! It’s simply because I have fairly easy and frequent access to the natural forests and mountains and am privileged to see the beautiful things there.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  21. I love that blue color!


    Comment by skouba — April 20, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    • I like it too. I wish I knew the life-strategy that has produced that color!


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  22. Beautiful. We do not have these gorgeous flowers in New England but I sure wish we did. It seems like your variety of wildflowers in Montana is much more diverse than ours!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — April 21, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    • We do have a large number of different species here, possibly because there are so many different little climate areas from near desert to near rainforest. After several seasons of concentrating on wildflowers I’ve found it interesting that certain flowers have their own areas in which they will only bloom and some others that are more widespread. There’s also a combination of the time of the season and the elevation that gets tricky in that if you miss a window of a couple of weeks in a small local climate area you might miss the entire bloom of a species or two.


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  23. Hi Montucky, Well, I guess we know how the plant got its name! Have a super good day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 21, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    • Yes, this one is pretty obvious and well-named. Makes it easy to remember!


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

  24. Nice to see the trillium and the bluebells, sure signs of spring.


    Comment by knightofswords — April 21, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    • Definitely! I was a little concerned that this might be one of those years where winter seems to last forever and then go right into summer. Seems we’re having a reprieve though.


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  25. so beautiful! you are in my future….. now to wait for the flowers to bloom or make the drive.


    Comment by Tammie — April 21, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    • I think we’re at the early part of the flower season, but with some very warm days coming up, who knows! This is the time when one wants to be everywhere all at once!


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  26. What a blue!


    Comment by Candace — April 22, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    • They are easy to notice, that’s for sure. just a few of them will attract our attention from a considerable distance.


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  27. Gorgeous colors!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — April 26, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

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