Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Trying to Get Organized

It's Wednesday - I'm disorganized.  I'm still searching for a piece of
linen big enough to stitch my "Chicken Sampler".  So in the mean time, I've kitted up this little rooster.

It's Wednesday - Time to Go Outside

In a sunny east-facing field about 2 miles from my house the first of the Mules' Ears (Wyethia augustifolia) are blooming.

The name refers to the long narrow green leaves.  These plants are like short sunflowers and follow the sun throughout the day. 

The top of the hill sports this amazing moss-festooned Oak tree.

Back at my place, we are all about wild Iris.

Some of our meadows are seas of lavender.  

I love the detail of an Iris blossom.  They appear to have been hand-painted - by Garden Fairies perhaps?  Certainly the work is too delicate for the like of Norman Gnome.  

The Filberts or Hazelnuts (Filbert Betulaceae) are beginning to leaf out.

I can't figure out what this tree / shrub is.  As soon as it blooms I'll get a read on it.  It drives me crazy as I should know what it is - the color of the bark is distinctive.

Same problem here - watch and wait and learn!

The Dovefoot Geranium (Geranium molle) is covered with small pink blossoms.

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) is the bane of the Pacific NW.  It is an aggressive invasive.   

I'll have to keep an eye on this creeping vine - I don't know what it might be.

In early May, the forest understory is green green green with Vine Maple.

And this was my surprise.  Several clumps of Spanish Bluebells or Wood Hyacinths (Hyacinthoides hispanica).  I don't know how these 'naturalized', but they certainly appear content.

Hope you enjoyed today's walk. 


Ann at Beadlework. said...

Finding the piece of linen that is "just right" can make all the difference.
I agree with what you said about the patterns on the iris - the colour and the marking are just gorgeous.

Melissa said...

Lovely photos. Spring is such a lovely time of year as we find all these "surprises" that pop up or open.

I have those bluebells in my garden too and they do seem to spread naturally through the years. I cut a bunch to bring inside. They have a lovely fragrance!

Beth Pearce said...

Here in the South, I have not seen Scotch Broom, so it looks cute to me. Our bane is Bermuda grass and along the roads kudzu and wisteria!

Love the bluebells - we don't have them around here either!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Here in Scotland the broom can be seen over hillsides at this time of year. It tends to grow like a weed.

Barb said...

Thanks for the wonderful walk!! The blossoms on the scotch broom can be pretty, too bad it is so invasive!

MoonBeam said...

OMG, the design on those iris petals is amazingly beautiful. Nice pix, as always.


Veronica said...

I love those short sunflowers. To see a bunch of them popping up in a sea of green is just charming. Beautiful pictures of those gorgeous iris. The scotch broom sure are pretty even though they're invasive.


Paula Nunes Lima said...

Spring is here, maybe not definitively, but we are enjoying the good weather we are having (31º C today in Lisbon). From my window I don't see such lovely things, so I look at this particular window in my computer. Thanks!

ollie1976 said...

beautiful irises-always been one of my favorite flowers.