Monday, May 21, 2007

Some Spring Blooms

One of the things that we are enjoying in our first spring here at Moonshine Gulch is seeing the flowers arrive as the weather warms. Each one is a surprise, and with the cool, wet weather up till now, we seem to have a bumper crop of wildflowers out in the yard. Like the indian paintbrush above.

A number of these are new to me, and I'm having to key them out in guide books, like this sand lily.

Narrow-leaved penstemon.

Ground plum.

Botany isn't my strong suite, and I haven't been able to figure this guy out yet. Can somebody give me a hand?

We're also enjoying figuring out what the previous owners' have left us in the way of trees and plants. Like this flowering crabapple.

And these tulips and grape hyacinths.


Mary said...

Your "mystery plant" looks a lot like death camas to me -- better not eat it!

I can't think of a more sublime blue than wild penstemon! I've tried to match it with oil paint, but don't even come close.

Prairie Mary

Heidi the Hick said...

Aren't weeds awesome?

Chas S. Clifton said...

Sand lilies don't get no respect, for some odd reason. I think they gorgeous--and they come early, when you appreciate them more.

Reid Farmer said...


I quite agree!