Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stitch a Robin - Walk in the Woods

I'm back on track and going to stitch a bird!
Next up the Robin - "May" in Prairie Schooler's chart "Spring and Fall".

We've had lots of sunny warm days with rain breaks so everything is green ad lush.  Let's take a walk and see what's happening outside.

The Large-leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum) are in bloom.  Bright yellow flowers and vibrant green leaves.

Here's a plant with a funny name - False Bugbane (Trautvetteria caroliniensis).  It likes shady, moist areas.  This was growing along side a natural seep.

The Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus) have already peaked.  Later in the summer there will be pretty raspberry-like berries.

The Northern Inside Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) blooms in the shade of the woods.

The Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) has pretty pink buds. It is named for the white berries that will follow.  

The Western Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) provides a jolt of orange among all the green. The vines are unstoppable - climbing up blackberries and fir trees - anything the vines can grab hold of.

More orange!  Our native columbine.  It's hard to find plants as the deer munch on them.

We have 2 or three kinds of mallow.  This is Meadow Checker Mallow (Sidalcea campestris) the least common of the mallows.

The last of Camas are still blooming.

Our poor Nootka Roses (Rosa Nutkana) are large straggly things as they search for light at the edge of the forest.

I've discovered we have quiet a lot of Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) along the banks of the Big Creek.  The bloom is very different from cultivated dogwoods.

This is the 'typical' dogwood bloom - that of the Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii).

Not everything is yet in bloom - this shrub will 'explode' in a week or os.

The recent rains have battered most the Elegant Cats Ears (Calochortus elegans).

I usually feature a picture of just one Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), but it most commonly grows in large stands as this photo shows.

The sunny meadows are now dotted with Pale Flax (Linum bienne) a non-native from the Mediterranean.

This time of year the younger Douglas Fir trees show off their chartreuse green new growth.  They look soft and fuzzy. 

Some of the Douglas Fir are already sporting new green fir cones too.
That's our walk for today - I hope you enjoyed it.

One year ago today my Mom and I spent the day visiting St Paul's Cathedral.


Margaret said...

So cool to put names to various flowers I've seen in the past. I love how you can pick out all this beauty on your walks.

cucki said...

Happy stitching ..pretty flowers
Hugs x

Maggee said...

Great walk! Elegant Cats Ears is aptly named and my fave today!

Wanda said...

I don't know what it is about the sight of new pine cones but I just love them! The Elegant Cats Ears are so cool (even battered by the weather!). Have a great day Beth.

Barb said...

What a lovely walk! So many pretty wild flowers!

Pam in IL said...

Can't wait to see your stitchy robin! Another great walk too.

Von said...

Thanks for sharing the highlights of your walk!

Andrea said...

A great walk today. Thank you.