Montana Outdoors

April 14, 2012

Still the time of the hardy ones.

Though we in the northern states often become distracted by visions of spring in other parts of the country and the world, nature always does what has been successful for millenniums. Yes it’s spring, but last night’s low was 28°f and it’s still only the time for the small ones and the hardy ones.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star, Dodecatheon pulchellum

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora

Next week the Trilliums should appear along a favorite trail (if it’s clear of snow). I will try for them on Monday perhaps.

April 20, 2011

A couple of the tiny ones

I would naively suppose that in unstable weather that includes nights with temperatures in the low twenties and late season snow, one would expect only the larger, more robust-appearing plants to thrive. These tiny ones however, seem to be doing just fine. (The blossom in the first photo measures just 1/8 inch across, and the second only 3/16 inch, and each sits on a stem less than two inches tall.)

Spring Whitlow-grass, (Draba verna)Spring Whitlow-grass, Draba verna

Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, (Collinsia parviflora)Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora

April 17, 2010

Other early blooms

It has been dry and rather cold this spring in this region and the regular bloom times for wildflowers seems to be greatly disrupted. Some are scarce and I’m afraid some will not bloom at all this year. There is practically no moisture in the soil. Here are a few that I’ve seen in the past few days and their populations are very low.

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary~ Small-flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora, figwort family ~

Wayside gromwell~ Wayside gromwell, Lemonweed, Lithospermum ruderale, borage family ~

Western stickseed~ Western stickseed, Lappula redowskii, borage family ~

 Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley~ Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley, Lomatium triternatum, Cous, carrot family ~

Mule-ears~ Mule-ears, Wyethia amplexicaulis, aster family ~
(In a few days, this will look like a medium-size sunflower)

Wild strawberry~ Wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, rose family ~

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