Montana Outdoors

April 14, 2015

Any day is a good day if there’s a Trillium in it.

The Trilliums are starting to bloom now at the footbridge over Munson Creek. (And a couple of friends joined in.)

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Rough-fruited Fairybells

Rough-fruited Fairybells ~ Disporum trachycarpum


  1. Natural beauty is better than what we can plant in the garden.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 14, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

  2. Beautiful shots! We’re still waiting on the Trillium here in central Ohio.


    Comment by centralohionature — April 14, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    • Thanks! These are right on schedule for this area.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

    • You have the Painted Trilliums there too, don’t you. I would love to see them!


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

  3. These are beauties that’s for sure..


    Comment by Mother Hen — April 14, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

  4. Wonderful and beautiful.


    Comment by Boeta: RumblingOcean & Having fun with camera blogs — April 14, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, You have the knack for taking wonderful photographs of flowers! Well done. I really like the Trilliums. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 14, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

    • Thank you! It’s because I love them so much. As I see the large variety and beauty of the wildflowers, I really think that Nature is trying to tell us something through them.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  6. More beautiful shots! I love the attention to detail. We miss so much beauty around us just by not taking the time to look a little closer. 🙂


    Comment by Jane — April 14, 2015 @ 9:41 pm

    • We do. I’ve found though that once I started to look closely at the tiny wildflowers, they became much easier to see, even at a good distance, and that is a great reward.

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      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2015 @ 10:17 pm

  7. I have Trillium in my shade garden and they are hands-down my favorites…They are so gorgeous.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — April 14, 2015 @ 9:45 pm

    • I’ve never tried to grow them at home but I would love to have them around. They are very simple, but what they do they do extremely well.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

  8. Oh, wow! Trilliums and ‘shooting stars’ must be my favourites! Superb photos.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 15, 2015 @ 1:39 am

    • They are toward the top of my list too, but I have so many favorites!


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2015 @ 7:37 am

  9. It’s nice to see the pure white trilliums. We have painted trilliums which are mostly white but I’ve never seen a native pure white one in these woods.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 15, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    • I’ve never seen a painted Trillium, but I’d love to. This particular Trillium is native only to the pacific northwest for some strange reason.


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2015 @ 7:41 am

  10. How nice it was see your gorgeous Trillium photos. The Blue Clematis, is was in in the nature? We had it on our previous home garden, but my wife planted them.


    Comment by Sartenada — April 16, 2015 @ 1:57 am

    • Yes, the blue clematis is a native plant here, one of several clematis species that grow wild. This one was growing along a stream at very low elevation, but I encounter them also at higher elevations as well. I have not tried to transplant one.


      Comment by montucky — April 16, 2015 @ 8:33 am

  11. I’m glad to see you’re getting your quota of floral friends to go out and play with now.

    You and Steve Gingold showed trilliums on the same day:


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 16, 2015 @ 6:05 am

    • Yes the wildflower season has begun here. I’ve sure been admiring your for a while though!
      It’s interesting to see the eastern and western Trillium species blooming at the same time!


      Comment by montucky — April 16, 2015 @ 8:35 am

  12. Beautiful. I like the Blue Clematis, too.


    Comment by Candace — April 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

  13. The Blue Clematis were everywhere along that trail today. They are so pretty!


    Comment by montucky — April 17, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

  14. These are gorgeous. The last image, spectacular.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 17, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    • I’m glad that you like them. Each new spring I become even more fascinated by the wildflowers. I hope this year I will catch nearly all of the bloom times for them. From here until fall it will be continuous.


      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

  15. I just saw a photo of a red trillium the other day. I didn’t realize they come in colors, although I confess to preferring the white. I really like your blue clematis, too. It reminds me of our Clematis pitcheri, one of my favorite wildflowers.


    Comment by shoreacres — April 19, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    • At the end of their life cycles, these trilliums also briefly turn pink, then red.
      I looked up your Clematis pitcheri: what a gorgeous flower! I can see why it’s a favorite.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

  16. Very nice. 🙂


    Comment by seekraz — April 27, 2015 @ 8:02 am

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