280/366: 160th Flower of Spring & Summer: Tiny Stalk of Lilies

The Flowers of Spring & Summer!

I have decided to have a counting of each kind of flower that I find on our property this spring and summer! I saw the first flower in early February and it's the smallest flower too! Next I found a little white flower that looks ready for a mouse's wedding bouquet! Number three were the crocus flowers that popped out in one big clump of loveliness! Then I discovered the Henderson Shooting Star, b…  (read more)

Mountain Dandelion: The 93rd Flower of Spring & Su…

03 Jul 2012 137
Did you know there are over 2000 kinds of dandelions?!!! Many of them are almost identical to the point that one must use a microscope to tell one from another! It's also hard to identify the flower I have using my flower books because the pictures are often small and difficult to see. And if you'll indulge my sarcasm, it's really helpful when books show a picture of a flower in seed stage instead of the blossom, especially when all of these flowers have nearly the same seed heads! *crosses eyes* However, I think this is the right species! This flower also goes by the name "Annual Agoseris" and can be found in drier areas of the western United States. It's considered to be a noxious weed and spreads easily by way of its airborne seeds. If you would like to know more about this flower, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Mountain Dandelion: (Agoseris heterophylla)

Sticky Mouse Ears: the 94th Flower of Spring & Sum…

06 May 2012 161
Here's another extremely small blossom which doesn't even look like a flower when you're standing up! However, if you get down and put your nose up to this little plant, you will be rewarded with an elegant beauty! I walked past this flower half a dozen times, thinking it was a dead plant from last year when I stopped to make sure I was right. What a lovely surprise! :D This flower is an invasive weed which was introduced around the world from Eurasia. It is sometimes used as a matting plant for rock gardens. The seeds of Sticky Mouse Ears can supposedly survive in soil for up to 40 years and can also survive ingestion by cattle, sheep and birds. No wonder it's found all over the world now! If you would like scientific details, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Sticky Mouse Ears (Cerastium glomeratum)

Harlequin Leaf Flower: The 95th Flower of Spring &…

06 May 2012 117
I kept finding these popping up around our meadows and kept thinking they were just some odd plant with really cool leaves. In fact, I took a few pictures before I realized that this is a flower!!! It's a little bit like a Bougainvillea. Did you know that the lovely petals of Bougainvillea flowers are actually its LEAVES?! The flowers are so small you can hardly see them! (Picture by one of my wonderful Flickr friends, VK Clicks !) The flowers in the top picture are the little buds at the top. The picture below shows the tiny blossoms! Isn't this neat?!! I have no idea what it's called, so for now I've named it a Harlequin Leaf Flower! :)

Balloon Sack Clover: The 96th Flower of Spring and…

06 May 2012 145
Down in our granite valley where the Monkeyflowers grow and the moss there is still moist from the springtime rain, I found this really weird little plant that I guessed was a flower but I had no idea what it could be. Such an oddity...when I found a picture of one in my flower books, I was surprised to discover that this is actually a kind of clover!! Two funny names it's called are "Balloon Sack Clover" and "Cowbag Clover"! It does look like a very colorful, upside-down udder, doesn't it?!!! LOL!! Also known as "Poverty Clover," this tiny flower measures about 1/4" in diameter and grows very close to the ground in places where it's wet. As the seeds develop, the pods inflate like balloons! :D This plant is found in the Pacific Northwest but also in parts of Chile and Peru. If you would like to know more about this odd little flower, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Balloon Sack Clover (Trifolium depauperatum)

Pineapple Weed: The 97th Flower of Spring & Summer…

08 May 2012 167
Isn't that funny that I have three odd flowers in a row for my flower count?! This one is also strange because it looks like a daisy with the petals pulled off! :D If you're standing up and looking down at these flowers, they are really boring and kind of ugly looking, but with a closer look you get a big surprise! This little flower is totally cool and very pretty too! They grow all over our graveled driveway and on the sides of our road, basically where there's open space and it's dry. I never thought they were special until I took pictures of them, but now I love them! :) Pineapple Weed gets its name for the smell it emits when crushed and some Native Americans used crushed flowers for perfume! This plant is native to Asia and the Pacific Northwest but is an invasive weed in other parts of the U.S. and Europe. It's edible and also can be used as a tea , which will have a pineapple essence to it. Pineapple Weed is related to Chamomile and is sometimes used as a sedative and, oddly enough, as a treatment for intestinal worms! (Ewww!) It's also used as an insect repellant. (Note: some people who are sensitive to the Aster family or ragweed may be allergic to this plant.) If you'd like to know more about this Pineapple Weed, I found a very nice page about its uses here: Pineapple Weed: A Natural Food Source . Wiki also has a page here: Wiki: Pineapple Weed (Matricaria discoidea)

Tiny Blue Beauty: The 98th Flower of Spring & Summ…

10 May 2012 137
Here's another flower that I wasn't able to identify, though I certainly looked long enough. The problem with identification books is that they cannot possibly include pictures of all the species out there. Sometimes they don't have pictures. Other times the flower is so uncommon that they leave it out and put in a more common flower. Of course, maybe this is the first time anyone has seen this flower!! (I doubt it! :D) I found this flower growing in a couple of places on our property, under the forest canopy or nestled in deep grass. The flower itself is only about 1/4" in diameter and only its brilliant color attracted my attention. The plant grows only about 8-10" high, quite inconspicuous except for the pretty blue flowers.

Micro Tulip: The 100th Flower of Spring & Summer!…

10 May 2012 165
(please scroll down for two more pictures! :) WOO HOO!!! WELCOME TO FLOWER #100!!!! *Snoopy Dance* It's hard to believe I've found this many flowers on our property!! Back when I began this project, I made a rough guess that I'd find about 100 different species. Well, now that we've arrived at the century mark, I'm here to tell you that there are at least 50 more to go!! It's insane!! :D I hope you've all enjoyed the show so far, it's been a lot of fun for me and a great education as well! On we go!! :) This tiny little flower is so small--only 1/16" in diameter--and so low to the ground that I thought it was just a tiny seed pod or a strange plant. But I noticed a flash of pink so I dropped down to the ground and got nose-close...and what I found was a blossom that looked like a micro tulip! Even after a lot of searching, I wasn't able to find anything about this flower, so that's what I'll call it until I find out differently. Below you'll find two more pictures to show how the blossoms grow on this tiny treasure. I think this flower is perfect for #100!

Tomcat Clover: The 101st Flower of Spring & Summer…

10 May 2012 184
My, oh my, are there a lot of different clover species out there! In fact, there are over 300, and I've found at least 5 types on our property. What's difficult is figuring out exactly which species each one is, but I'm pretty sure this is a Tomcat! :) This species grows in the western United States grows in all types of environments, from wet to desert-conditions. Unlike a number of other species that grow in this area, this species is not cultivated for livestock fodder, probably because the flowers are so small.

Rhododendron: The 102nd Flower of Spring & Summer

13 May 2012 194
Here's another flowering bush that was planted here by previous owners, and I admire both its lovely blossoms and its drought-tolerance! It never gets watered and somehow stays alive, seeming to do fine in the hot and dry summers we have here, as well as the freezing winters. Did you know that there are over 1000 species of wild Rhododendron and over 28,000 cultivated species?! WOW!! This beautiful and extremely popular flowering shrub is native to most parts of the world except Africa and South America, and it's the national flower of Nepal. Many Rhododendrons are evergreens (including ours), which adds to their popularity as a landscaping plant. Some tropical species are epiphytes, growing on the sides of trees! Finally, did you know that Azaleas are actually a type of Rhododendron?! No wonder they look so similar!! :D If you would like to know more about Rhododendrons, Wiki has a great page here: Wiki: Rhododendron . Also, if you want more information and lots of pictures, The American Rhododendron Society also has a wonderful site!

Comfry Blossoms: The 103rd Flower of Spring & Summ…

26 May 2012 113
What a surprise for me! We've had these flowers growing next to our Rhododendrons every year and it's obvious to me that they were planted previously, but I really didn't think I'd find out what they were called, since there are exactly one ZILLION types of flowers out there! :D But as luck would have it, I did a search for "purple bell flower" and after looking at about 500 pictures, I suddenly found myself looking at this flower!!! Hooray!!! Comfry is native to Europe and especially common in Britain and Ireland, where it is often seen along river banks and in ditches. This flower is considered to be an herb and is sometimes used topically to treat skin ailments and back pain. It was previously used internally for a variety of uses, but is now known to cause liver toxicity, which can lead to liver failure. However, there is evidence that the molocule, "allantoin," which comfry contains, can repair bone damage, and one of its nicknames is "knitbone." Further research has also shown that comfry contains an alkaloid called "symphytine", which causes cancer in rats. This is yet another plant which can be lethal if used in large amounts for medicinal purposes, yet has benefits if used carefully in small doses. If you would like to know more about this fascinating plant, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Comfrey

Small-head Clover: The 104th Flower of Spring & Su…

13 May 2012 238
A couple of days ago I mentioned that I've found many species of clover on our property, and here's another one! Researching each of the flowers I've found has really opened my eyes to the enormous varieties of flowers such as clover...I thought there was just one! Silly me! :D Small-head Clover is native to the Pacific Northwest and was first identified by the Lewis and Clark Expeidition on July 1 or 2, 1806 in Montana. This species is not cultivated as meadow forage but the leaves are edible. If you would like more information on this lovely flower, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Small-head Clover (Trifolium microcephalum)

Fuzzy Flower: The 105th Flower of Spring & Summer!

13 May 2012 168
This is another really weird flower that grows on our property. They grow only about 4-6" tall and the flowers are only about 1/3" in diameter. When I first saw thema couple of years ago, I kept waiting for the flower to open up...but I finally realized that they ARE open! The buds are round and fuzzy, and open up to reveal these odd, fuzzy faces! I've never seen anything like them, and no amount of searching around on the web has helped me to discover more about them. They grow all over our hillside and our lower forest as well. If you happen to know what they are, please tell me! :D

Creeping Buttercup: The 106th Flower of Spring & S…

13 May 2012 1 211
This beautiful buttercup species was found down near our pond at the end of spring, and was a lovely surprise to find! This buttercup specis is native to Europe, Asia, and Northwest Africa. It was sold as an ornamental flower, but because it is so successful at adapting to different climates, it's become a noxious weed in many areas where it is now found. Sap of this plant will cause blisters and like other buttercups, it's poisonous.

Slender Clarkia: The 108th Flower of Spring & Summ…

15 May 2012 109
I'll never tire of seeing this delicate beauty on our property, and I'm happy to say that it grows all over in the late spring to early summer! This beautiful flower is found in California, Oregon and Washington. The Clarkia genus includes over 40 species, and all but one are found in North America. (The other is found in South America.) These flowers were named in honor of Captain Clark, who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States. For a little more information, Wiki has a short source here: Wiki: Slender Clarkia (Clarkia gracilis)

Soft Popcornflower: The 109th Flower of Spring & S…

15 May 2012 139
(please scroll down to see two more pictures!) Yesterday, one of my wonderful Flickr friends, Jim (JimbobEdsel) left a comment saying that he was surprised I was still finding flowers now that we're in August!! Well, what you may not know is that I'm posting one flower picture every day in order as they were found on my property, and yesterday's flower and today's were both photographed all the way back in MAY!! Now that we're in August, the new flowers have slowed to just one or two every week, but I'm still finding them!! I believe Jim also guessed in an earlier comment that, at this rate, I'll be posting pictures until the end of the year! You know what? He might have been kidding, but I may have pictures that will run through September or even October!! I have many dozens of flowers still to add, and I think the number will be at least 50 more!! I really had NO IDEA there were so many species here!!! It certainly has been a great education too, and a lot of fun to share information about every flower with all of you! :) This tiny beauty is a type of Popcornflower, and I posted a larger species as #29 in my list of flowers called the Rusty Popcornflower . That fllower blooms in April, but this species blooms in May and grows in just one place, at the edge of our seasonal pond. It grows in a thick carpet of extremely tiny blossoms, each of which are just 1/16" in diameter! These flowers are found in California, Oregon and Nevada where it is wet. If you would like to know more about this pretty little flower, Wiki has a source here: Wiki: Soft Popcornflower (Plagiobothrys mollis)

Pretty Face: The 110th Flower of Spring & Summer!

15 May 2012 193
(Please scroll down to see three more pictures! :D) NOTE: Taking Saturday off, new pix on Sunday night! :) I've learned so much about flowers since I began this project in February, and one thing that surprised me was how many lily species we have growing here! I've always pictured lilies growing wild in tropical locations, so it was kind of amazing to discover that lilies can be found all over the northern hemisphere ! I've also been programmed to believe that a lily is huge and blooms atop a tall stem, but that's not true either, as I have found out with each new lily species here on our property! :) I called this stunning flower by its common name even before I saw that it is, in fact, called a Pretty Face! :D These stunning flowers grow in our Oak forests and look like they're formed from wax and then painted with bright colors! Discovering them for the first time a year ago last May caused me to squeal in delight, and I did so again when I found them this year. The plants stand 8"-24" in height with blossoms which are about 1" in diameter. They are uncommon and can be found in northern California and southwestern Oregon. If you would like to know more about this flower, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Pretty Face (Triteleia ixioides) By the way, I've uploaded two other pictures today and I hope you'll visit them too! Thanks to all of you who have visited and have left comments and favorites! I try to go to all of your pages within a day or two and is a highlight for me to see your beautiful photography! :)

Water Plantain Buttercup: The 111th Flower of Spri…

15 May 2012 1 184
Who knew there were so many kinds of Buttercups? I always thought there was just one! It turns out there are at least FOUR species on our property! Each grows in a different range or area, they grow at different times of the year, and they also have different sizes. I just never thought about it until I began this flower project...what an education! This is a Water Plantain Buttercup, which is found in the Pacific Northwest up to Canada, down to California, and east to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. As its name suggests, these bright and cheery blossoms are found in wet locations. On our property, I discovered them where our seasonal pond overflows its banks and makes a sort of bog between the pond and the main road. There are over 600 species of buttercups worldwide, and most of them are poisonous, but the toxins are reduced as the plant dies and becomes dry. It can cause dermatitus with handling, which I've discovered is the case with many flowers. Some species of this plant have been used to treat warts and a tincture is used to treat shingles, sciatica and other maladies. Yet, it's known to cause blisters, ulcers, and burning in the mouth and mucus membranes with many warnings about not using it as a medicine! Handle with care, I bet...but I think I'll just admire the flowers, thank you! :) If you would like to know more about Buttercups, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: Buttercup (Ranunculus)

Golden Yellow Garden Rose: The 112th Flower of Spr…

03 Jun 2012 167
(Please scroll down to see 4 more pictures!:D) Just outside our house we have a bunch of rose bushes which were planted before we moved here. The flowers are beautiful and care-free. I don't even water them and it doesn't matter. Every year we have bunches of glorious blossoms, some with lovely fragrances, others without a smell. These golden yellow roses have a wonderful, deep fragrance which is amazing to smell on a warm day! Since these flowers are right outside, I took an embarrassing number of pictures. I hope you like the 5 that I've picked for this little show! Garden roses are usually cultivated hybrids and are the most popular flower in the world for their beauty, fragrance, and versatilty. They are most often grown for their blossoms, but sometimes favored for other uses, such as a hedge plant or for the rosehips it produces. Roses have been cultivated for over 5,000 years and were grown in ancient Babylon, Egypt, and in ancient China and Greek gardens as well. There are over 6,500 cultivated species in the world, a number that grows every year as more hybrids are created! There are many fantastic sources for information about cultivated roses. Wiki has a very thorough introduction here: Wiki: Garden Roses . The American Rose Society is vast and wonderful! There's also the World Federation of Rose Societies , which will lead you to societies in 41 different countries! Enjoy! Explored on August 13, 2012. Highest placement at #204.

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