Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday

Design - "Peep" (kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric- 28 count Miracle Mint Lugana
Fibers - GAST, WDW, & Crescent Colours - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 5 April 2014
Completed - 6 April 2014

Great Spring / Easter colors! I'm thinking of adding a tiny bunny button on the left side of the carrot. 

It was over 70F on Monday and the wildflowers were everywhere.
Let's take a walk and enjoy the ephemeral spring display.

The aptly named Swamp Buttercups (Rannunculus occidentalis) are blooming.  When they finish the Lupins will follows (Lupin leaves at the bottom of the photo). 

The Oregon Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum) are at their peak delighting in the dappled shade of the forest floor.

The Camas (Cammassia quamash) have just begun to bloom.  In a couple of weeks one of the nearby fields will be a sea of blue Camas and yellow buttercups against a background new green grass.   

This neighbor has the best (and largest display) of Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii).  Though I must say that it is not as robust as past years.  I wonder if our cold weather in February had an impact.

Every once in a while a few of our native Trilliums sport a pink flower. 

Here's something to look forward to in a month or so.
Our native Tiger Lily (Lilium columbianum) will be in bloom then.

I didn't make it to my 'secret orchid spot', nonetheless in an new location I found a couple of Lady Slippers (Calypso bulbosa). They are such a small delicate flower. 

And here's another super surprise.  I found a small colony of wild Chocolate Lilies (Fritillaria camschatcensis ). 

The most abundant flower this time of year, is that of the Big Leaf Maple.  I am SO glad that I do not have allergies or I'd be in big trouble!  The brick and cement on our back patio has turned yellow with all the pollen floating about. 

The Corn Lilies (Veratrum californicum) seem particularly exuberant this year. 

The plums are done, and now the wild cherries take the stage.

After all the other violets have finished blooming, the Wood Violets (Viola glabella) come into their own.  We have a nice display of them near Dorothy's Creek.

These bluebells (Scillia hispanica) don't really count as wildflowers.  They are however, growing wild in one of our meadows and we have now idea how they got there.

Even though we've lived on this property for over six years, I continue to find new plants.  Just this week I found a very nice Red-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineun). It has been 'hiding' right at the edge of our driveway near the house all these years.  It is somewhat hidden in a a tangle of blackberries.  That's probably helped it grow to its current size (pun!) by keeping the deer from munching on it.

The very first of the Blue Iris (Iris tenax) are now in bloom.  In a couple of weeks our meadows should be a sea of blues and purples.

I'll end our Wildflower Walk today with a plant that has really staying power.  The Grand Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) is in its 4th week now and still going strong.


Giovanna said...

Oh my, the LK is super-cute - well done! So nice to be in spring at last.

cucki said...

Enjoy my dear x

Vickie said...

Swoon! Hey, I have green shoots coming up. And the sun is shining too. :)

Barb said...

What a cute finish! Great job on it.

Frances N said...

That Lizzie Kate "Peep" is so cute!!! I really like it! Just precious!
Your flower photos are so lovely--I wish I could take photographs like that and I wish I had those beautiful subjects around me to photograph! Very pretty!

Mouse said...

its soo nice to see your Currant walk love the all the flowers shows the weather is getting warmer and the stitching days longer
lovely work you have been doing glad all is well that side of the pond ... love mouse xxxxx

Margaret said...

Cute finish! So many pretty flowers. Over 70 -- I'm envious! They claim it might reach 70 here on Sunday, but I'm not holding my breath.

Carol said...

What a cute spring finish and so many lovely flowers. Although we're warming up here in the east, there is not a sight of anything in bloom yet.

Andrea said...

Your L*K piece is a cute finish. Love the chicks little top notch on his head. Great flower photos too.

Pam in IL said...

Peep is adorable! Love the colors. A wonderful walk today. The wildflowers are beautiful!

Maggee said...

Cute finish by Lizzie Kate! Wow--so many wildflowers... Lovely as always. Thanks for sharing.