Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flora and Fauna and Such

Design - "Primitive Small 1"
Designer - Dames of the Needle
Fabric - 32 count Meadow Rue Lakeside linen
Fibers - GAST 1 strand over two threads
Started - 13 June 2011
Comepleted - 14 June 2011

Yet another peacock for my collection!
There's something about a small design - the almost instant gratification of completing the work.    

And now it's time for another walk! 
In June the changes in plant life come fast and furious.

I was so pleased to find a native Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) on the property.  Usually the deer eat them as soon as they bloom.

With the cool mild weather the Cat's Ears are still in bloom.

I think this is our largest group yet.

It rained again Sunday afternoon/evening, so Dorothy's Creek is still burbling along.

Many folks consider Vine Maple a pest, but I enjoy its Spring color - and it is glorious in the Fall too. 

Score!  I've finally identified this small tree as a Western Chokecherry (P. virginiana var. demissa).  It likes part shade and semi-moist conditions.  In the fall it has edible fruit which Native Americans ate.  The fruit makes a good jam or jelly, but as the birds also love it - there would be a contest of wills to harvest enough to use. 
And this is Pale Flax (Linum bienne).  

It is native to western Europe, but has been introduced into North America, where it has naturalised on the Pacific coast from Oregon to the central coast of California.

Here's another "introduced" wildflower: Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius).

And this fellow shared my walk.  This time of year the Garter Snakes like to absorb the heat of our gravel driveway. 
This guy is a Northwestern Garter Snake (Thamnophis ordinoides).
He eats mostly slugs and earthworms, occasionally snails and amphibians.  He is active from March to October.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love the cat's ear - it's so unusual - not so much the snake though!!

Nancy said...

Love the pics! Everything looks so lush and green, can tell you get plenty of rain where you live. Everything where I live looks less green and a little stressed for lack of a decent rain for a few weeks. Hopefully we will get some rain tomorrow if the weatherman is correct.

Marlene said...

Your snake is a bonus eating all the pest you don't want in your garden, love the flowers