Montana Outdoors

October 2, 2015

A parting gift from summer

Filed under: Autumn, Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 6:49 pm

Out of nowhere

Suddenly, a few days ago, this little flower appeared in a sadly neglected flower bed. I had never seen one here before, and so it’s a first… and certainly the last… blossom of our long hot summer.


  1. Sad to hear of your loss, but delighted you are sharing photos again.


    Comment by Anonymous — October 2, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

  2. They’re absolutely beautiful and the two together … perfect … love all the implications …


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 2, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

  3. looks like a snapdragon


    Comment by Linda Goudelock — October 2, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    • I think it may be, Linda. I didn’t plant it, but I suspect one of the chipmunks did.


      Comment by montucky — October 3, 2015 @ 8:48 am

  4. Hello Montucky! How beautiful the last flowers! Actually, I’m surprised to see a flower still growing in Montana…in October. I guess it isn’t too cold there yet? I was just down in Texas and it was in the 90s.


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — October 2, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

    • These were a complete surprise to me too. Most of the wildflowers stopped blooming early this year because of the heat and the dryness. We are expecting nights in the 20’s next week and snow as low as 4,000 ft.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

  5. Lovely flower good photo of the details too.
    How strange that it should suddenly appear in Autumn (or Fall as you call it).


    Comment by Vicki — October 2, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

    • It resides near the base of a bleeding heart plant that did not do well this summer, and only a trace of pink was visible. Pretty, delicate little thing though.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

  6. What a lovely pair. The unpredictability of flowers is part of their charm — how lovely that you were given this unexpected gift.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 2, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

  7. that’s why it’s montana kentucky


    Comment by elyaslinley — October 2, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

  8. Thanks for sharing – this flower looks like the hardy snap dragon we have in the UK.


    Comment by nexi — October 2, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

    • I would guess it is. We had some a summer ago, but in a garden a hundred feet away. I suspect the chipmunks…


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

  9. No chipmunks in the UK, of course – I’ve only seen them in the wild once, in Colorado; here we have a few squirrels eating spring bulbs and planting acorns!


    Comment by nexi — October 2, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

    • We have squirrels too, but they are very small ones who subsist mostly on pine nuts because we have no acorns in this region (and, of course, the sunflower seeds from my bird feeders).

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2015 @ 9:53 pm

  10. I lovely little gift for you as the seasons change. It’s a very pretty pink, Terry.


    Comment by Jane — October 3, 2015 @ 5:04 am

    • It was touching to see the trace of pink in a place where I didn’t expect it, and they are very tiny.

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      Comment by montucky — October 3, 2015 @ 8:49 am

  11. We had a hot dry summer too. I hope your weather has changed for the better now. We’re still in a drought even though we had some rain last week.
    I don’t recognize that flower but it reminds me of a snap dragon in a way.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 3, 2015 @ 7:40 am

    • Our weather has cooled, but it’s still extremely dry, so dry that several of the wildfires that were nearly out have come back to life and we have smoke problems yet again. Snow is expected this weekend for elevations about 4,500 feet and that will give us a little moisture.


      Comment by montucky — October 3, 2015 @ 8:53 am

  12. A little treasure. I’m glad it was there for you….


    Comment by seekraz — October 3, 2015 @ 8:55 am

    • It was a pleasant surprise this late in the year, especially as dry as it is now.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

  13. so very lovely


    Comment by Tammie — October 4, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    • It was very welcome now that all of the wildflowers are gone here.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

  14. Hi Montucky, Gorgeous volunteer dwarf Snapdragon! You are lucky some bird or squirrel spread the seed. Nice. Have a fantastic coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 5, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

  15. How cute that a little chipmunk planted it just for you!


    Comment by Candace — October 5, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    • They plant lots of sunflowers, all over the place. This was something different from them.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

  16. What a lovely little surprise! Just to make you smile, I bet.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 7, 2015 @ 9:34 am

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