Montana Outdoors

March 16, 2017

Buttercup Ridge ’17

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 5:41 pm

Warm weather and rain have finally melted much of the snow at the valley level in this area and at long last I was able to visit a place, which for some reason hosts the first Spring bloom of buttercups in this whole region. A week ago there was a foot of snow on the ground up there, but today hundreds of buttercups were in full bloom on the tiny top of “Buttercup Ridge”.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

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  1. Nice and beautiful as usual. Congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — March 16, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

  2. Beautiful, thanks

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    Comment by John Purdy — March 16, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

  3. Such a brilliant yellow! How nice to see these flowers every spring, just when we’re desperate for colour.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 16, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

  4. I was looking at our buttercups last weekend, and thinking of you. I’m so glad that they’ve made their annual appearance. It was a long wait, but sometimes when seasons change, they do it quickly. I especially like the last two photos. The group of three, all at a different stage of bloom, is really nice, and that shy little bud is delightful!

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 16, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    • It was so good to see those little flowers after the long, cold and snowy winter this year! An amazing boost to my attitude!

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      Comment by montucky — March 16, 2017 @ 8:51 pm

      • Isn’t that just the truth? Even here, where we tend more toward brown and drab rather than cold and snowy, it’s a great joy to see the new color.

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        Comment by shoreacres — March 16, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

        • After all of the snow we’ve had it’s a pleasure just to see bare ground, and the flowers were a real plus!

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          Comment by montucky — March 17, 2017 @ 8:23 am

  5. oh my goodness, flower season has begun! So pretty.
    I sink to my knees and above in snow still! My ponds are overflowing their banks……. not flowers yet. So good to see yours.

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    Comment by Tammie — March 16, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    • For some reason that I don’t understand, the buttercups bloom much earlier in that one little spot than anywhere else around here. Nearly all of the snow has melted here at the valley level where it gets some sun, but the shaded places are still loaded and there is plenty higher up. There is a small canyon just to the west of my house and it has had a nice stream from snow melt running for over a week now. I wish it would be there all year!

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      Comment by montucky — March 17, 2017 @ 8:28 am

  6. Our snow is melting too but it’ll be a while yet before we see buttercups! It was great to see these; I’m glad spring is happening.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 17, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

    • It suddenly turned warmer here, the snow started to melt and things started to grow. Amazing how quickly that can happen.

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      Comment by montucky — March 17, 2017 @ 8:04 pm

  7. …and what a wonderful sight it must be too, Terry.
    Nothing beats the shiny gold petals reflecting the light.
    Sometimes I think the changing of the seasons is better than the season in full flower. It reminds us of the impermanence of life and how lucky we are to be able to see such a beautiful array of Mother Nature’s gifts. I’m so glad I live life in the slow lane now. I have a far better appreciation of it all.

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    Comment by Vicki — March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

    • I also like the change time of the seasons and especially I like to see the new world emerge from the cold and gray of winter. I will enjoy this to the fullest!

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      Comment by montucky — March 17, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

  8. Oh, I love their little happy spring faces! Did you hold one under your chin like we used to do as kids? If your chin looks yellow, then you love butter. 😉

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 18, 2017 @ 7:40 am

    • I remember doing that when I was a kid too, but we did it with Dandelions. Yesterday I noticed a few Buttercups blooming in the valley too. Many other species will soon be joining them although today we are getting heavy rain.

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      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  9. I always look forward to your wildflower posts beginning with the hardy buttercups.

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    Comment by Candace — March 20, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

    • Thank you Candace! It looks as though it will be a slow start this year. It’s still cold and rainy. But the flowers will be greatly appreciated when they bloom!

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      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2017 @ 9:25 am

  10. Wonderful! Always a delight to see. Celandines are opening here, trusting the weather as always.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 24, 2017 @ 1:09 am

    • More flowers would like to open if we had a little more sun. It is still cool and rainy. In a few weeks there should be an explosion of flowers!

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      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

  11. Gorgeous flowers and photos! Bravo!

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    Comment by Sonia A. Mascaro — March 25, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, What sunny little blooms! Really nicely photographed, too! Have a great day tomorrow.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 25, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    • Thanks! THey are a very welcome sight, especially this year!

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      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2017 @ 9:11 am

  13. Beautiful – again. They can be found here also. Last weekend we moved back to Helsinki from Oulu. Winter continues in Oulu, but in Helsinki, it is real spring.

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    Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2017 @ 1:50 am

    • Isn’t it nice to see spring again! It was a good time to move!

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2017 @ 8:10 am

  14. I remember “Buttercup Ridge” from previous posts of yours. You must have been thrilled to see the yellow reappear.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 5, 2017 @ 8:08 am

    • Yes, especially after the long cold winter we had this year!

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      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

  15. Yay, looks like spring! I saw my first Robin here today, a sure sign.😁

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — April 9, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

    • There are signs, so it won’t be long now. Bluebirds are here now too. This morning though it was only 24º.

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      Comment by montucky — April 10, 2017 @ 8:19 am

      • That’s typical of weather in NH. Today it’s almost 70 but we may need a fire tonight. You never know! 😁

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        Comment by heartandsoul974 — April 10, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

  16. This is real Spring to me ! Beautiful, colorful pictures of this Season we are so eager to see back again. Thanks montucky.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 14, 2017 @ 9:15 am

    • The emergence of wildflowers is spring for me too! Most of our spring flowers are very late this year.

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      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2017 @ 8:19 am

  17. Such amazing clicks!

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    Comment by Jaden — May 11, 2017 @ 1:17 am


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