Montana Outdoors

March 5, 2018

Worth a closer look.

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:55 pm

For years I have enjoyed the company of a common house plant for its beautiful patterned leaves and sometimes noticed (and ignored) a tiny white blossom on it. The large leaves measure about 6” X 5″ and at the base of this one you can see some tiny buds.

Maranta leuconeura

Even though I have long been accustomed to looking closely at tiny wildflowers, I never looked at the tiny blossoms of this plant (which measure only 3/8” across) until yesterday, and here’s what I saw when I did:

Maranta leuconeura

Maranta leuconeura, Marante, Prayer Plant, “Kerchoveana”

November 2, 2017

November Marigold

Filed under: Autumn, Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 11:38 am

November Marigold

March 12, 2017


Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 3:30 pm


This seed head of a clematis flower that survived a very harsh winter is almost prettier than the flower itself was.

March 7, 2016

Spring is developing quickly now

Filed under: Flowers, Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:08 pm

Today the first crocus of the season is starting to bloom:


and the first Bumble bee of the new year made its appearance. (This was a “hip shot”: the Bumble was a very quick and very busy bee).

Bumble bee on Buttercup

The first Draba verna is also blooming on a warm cliff just above the river.

Whitlow grass

Whitlow grass

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.

March 26, 2015

While waiting for the wildflowers…

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:25 pm


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