Montana Outdoors

March 26, 2011

Finally!

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:22 pm

Crocus

Crocus

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March 8, 2011

Cool weather blooms

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Off and on throughout the winter small flashes of color were visible through the snow in one of our flower beds. Now that most of the snow has melted in the flower bed in the rock wall, it is clear that the color came from some pansies. Bought about four years ago as “annuals”, they have happily blossomed every year since, and very early at that. Some, as these must have been, are bred to stand up to the cold, but these are incredible. A little over a week ago, our night temperature was -8°F: we have since had highs in the low 40’s and nights in the teens or lower 20’s. Today there were blossoms on about a dozen of the plants:

Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

November 17, 2010

Indomitable

Filed under: Flowers, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:34 pm

Indomitable

November 16, 2010

Final bursts of color

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:07 pm

Yesterday, the forecast was for a heavy snow during the night, but a quick look at the rain gauge this morning showed that we received an inch of rain instead. And near the rain gauge the Pansies were covered with raindrops.

November Pansy

Tonight, the previous forecast seems to be coming true: the ground and trees are white and the air is filled with beautiful big snowflakes.

Snow on pine

(Photo taken at about 10PM.)

April 11, 2010

A trillium surprise

Hiking into the back country is usually accompanied by surprises but today when I began a hike on the Munson Creek trail I found that, at the lower elevations, the trilliums are beginning to bloom about a week earlier than usual. What a pleasant surprise!

Western Trillium

Western Trillium

Western Trillium

Western Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western Trillium, Wakerobin, Birthroot, Trillium Ovatum

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April 4, 2010

Cusick’s shooting star

Cusick's shooting star

These were a surprise today, about ten days earlier than usual. Sadly though, because it is so dry they will be very sparse this spring. There were a few others along with these but they looked as though they were already drying up. (Dodecatheon pulchellum ssp. cusickii)

Distribution: USA (ID, MT, OR, WA), CAN (BC)

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