Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Final Wednesday Walk for May

Design - "Pheasants" (an 'extra' card design for books 71 & 72)
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count mystery fabric
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 19 May 2016
Finished - 22 May 2016

A kick stitch, though I had to fudge with it a bit to cover a couple of minor miss-counts.  I'm hoping that it is good karma and I'll see a pheasant or two this summer.

Our weather has improved, so let's go outside.

Nothing beats the green of the new growth on young Douglas fir trees. 

The Western Yellow Oxalis (Oxalis suksdorfii) is on bloom now.

Usually the native roses are rather scraggily and don't have many blossoms.  This year they are loaded!

And the blooms are quite lovely.

Hard to see in this photos, but the red blobs are the blooms of the Fragrant Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora). I've never bent down to smell it, but it is supposed to be quite fragrant.  

I had to look high and low, but finally found one plant of our native Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) that the deer had over-looked.  Hummingbirds are an extremely important pollinator for this plant.   

The Ash trees are in bloom.

A patch of daisies and Buttercups. 

New Oak galls.  They are as large as apples.

It's neat to discover a new wildflower. This one is at the edge of my sister's Dahlia GArden.  It is a Marsh Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides), and as its name suggests it likes wet! It is growing at the edge of a natural spring.  

The Blue Dicks are in bloom and dot the meadows with lavender.

This is the first bloom I've see of the Western Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa). The blooms extend directly out of the leaf,

Here's the pale pink flowers of the Meadow Checker-Mallow (Lonicera ciliosa).

The first seeds (whirly-gigs as I call them) of the Vine Maple. 

More fresh green Douglas fir new growth.

The Blue Iris are about done.  I've enjoyed them the past new weeks.

Lots of white blossoms dot the edges of the forest including Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)...

...and our ubiquitous Blackberry.

We ave one large Elderberry.  It always blooms, but I never see any ripe fruit so have not been able to figure our whether it is a Red Elderberry or a Blu Elderberry.

And that's it for a walk today.  I hope you've enjoyed strolling along with me.


Le trame della Galaverna said...

Flowers are en enchantment

Barb said...

There are so many pretty flowers, I don't know which one is my favorite! The cross stitch of the pheasants is lovely.

daisy gurl said...

You have so many wonderful blooms that are foreign to me. Although your ash tree looks much like the fringe tree we have here in Central Florida.
I'd love for you to share your amazing outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

Carol said...

That is such a cute PS finish--never would have noticed any fudging :)