Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday Walk - Looking at Trees and Shrubs

We had well over 2" of rain this weekend, but now the skies of cleared.

Isn't the forest pretty.  I think rain freshens up everything. 

After a couple of rough years, I am pleased to see our Madrones (Arbutus menziesii) are blooming. They have wonderful red peeling bark so are interesting all year long.

Our native Pacific Dogwoods (Cornus nuttallii) are exploding with blooms this spring.

I cannot recall another year with so very many blossoms.

They are as floriferous as any hybrid. 

I love the red flowers of the Vine Maple (Acer circinatum).

The Ash trees are leafing out.

And the White Oaks are following along. 

This is the strong leader of a young Big Leaf Maple.  All that energy!

A Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) unfurling...

This one is a bit further along.

Wonderful light capturing the Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) high up in an Oak tree.  

I love old plants that have thrived for millions of years.
This is the Horsetail Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale).

And here are two other ancient plants. The brown ones are Common Horsetails (Equisetum arvense). The feathery green ones are Giant Horsetails (Equisetum telmatiea).  All three Horsetails thrive in damp areas.  I find them along side our largest creek. 

Come May the native Nootka Rose (Rosa Nutkana) will be in bloom.

We have lots of Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) blooming now.  Some people pronounce it as though it were spelled Sarviceberry.

I'm not sure what this is.  I'll have to go back and take another look.  Spring is advancing so quickly that next week we will have lots of new things to look at and admire.

7 comments:

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What a stunningly, beautiful spring you are having outside your windows :) GORGEOUS!

Barb said...

I always enjoy your wild flower walks! We had the same green effect after our rain. Everything just seemed to brighten up.

MaryO said...

Beautiful! I feel refreshed!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Spring when everything comes back to life. The flowering dogwood is one of my favorites

Louvregirl said...

Love your cat photos on the side! Wonderful! :-)

Frances N said...

The dogwood are really full! They are so beautiful and you know it's Spring when you see them. I was on the Flower Guild in my previous church and we tried to use roadside flowers as often as possible. We used those green horsetails in our arrangements. They gave height to the flowers.

Carol said...

I thought our dogwood trees were having a good year, but when I see yours, they look pretty sparse! Lovely Wednesday walk, Beth :)