Columbine

Columbine

I have wild columbine growing in my garden. Well, it’s wild now. I think the previous owner planted them. They are a blue tinted variety and they spread like weeds. (but they’re prettier) This one was wild and growing in sub-alpine terrain in the Olympic National Park at about 5000 feet.

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

I have mixed feelings about wildflower identification. Some I know well and enjoy and struggle to remember their ‘proper’ names. Others I take photos of and try to identify after the fact by comparing the photos to images in my wildflower guidebooks. Usually that works. But in order to make a definitive ID on some flowers, you have to dissect parts or dig up the roots. I don’t feel like it’s that important for me to make an identification … I’d rather let the plant live.

Water Lily

Water Lily

I struggled with this image due to all the specks of whatever all over the surface of the water … and on the base petals of the lily. But that was the environment at the time … Truth in Advertising!

Tulips

Tulips

More springtime color to break from the late fall blues. Tulips are one of the plants that don’t do well in my front yard. Something about the smell of tulips that makes deer just chomp the blooms right off. (unlike the daffodils in my previous post). I could grow tulips in my fenced backyard, but the garden areas were already full by the time I moved in. Now I would have to figure out what to remove.

Daffodils

Daffodils

I needed to break out of the seasonal affectiveness disorder (brought on this time of year due to the short days here in the Pacific Northwest) and go for a little bit of spring color for a few days. Daffodils are right up there as one of my favorites. They are a symbol of Wales … along with the leek. Some sources indicate that the leek (welsh: cenhinen) was the original and the daffodil was introduced later as a result of it being referred to as St. Peter’s leek (cenhinen Bedr).

Either way, I like them because (besides being Welsh) I can grow them in the front yard and the deer don’t eat them.

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