POTD: Douglas’ Wild Hyacinth

Douglas’ Wild Hyacinth
Bozeman, Montana
2011

I wasn’t familiar with what a domestic hyacinth looked like so had to look it up on the internet. There’s not a huge resemblance to this wild variety, except perhaps in the color. While the domestic variety is definitely more showy, the wild form has it’s own more subtle elegance.

POTD: Larkspur

Larkspur
Bozeman, Montana
2011

Some Larkspur (purple) accented by a little white flower I haven’t looked up the name of yet. I’ve decided to just keep posting these photos of the wildflowers around our house until I run out of steam (haven’t come close yet), run out of flower varieties to feature (doubtful, there are so many) or the hot, dry weather finally dries them all up (could happen soon if the last few days are any indication). So, if you’re getting tired of flower photos, you might want to wait and not tune in for a week or two when I will have finally moved off onto another topic. Until then, perhaps I should rename this blog FPOTD.

POTD: False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal
Bozeman, Montana
2011

I’m not entirely sure that this is in fact False Solomon Seal. That’s the best guess I could come up with, or rather what my wife (who did the research in our flower books came up with) and I agreed with. If we are wrong, I guess that makes it False-False Solomon Seal.

POTD: Lupine

Lupine
Bozeman, Montana
2011

Lupine is the second most common wildflower we have on our land, and the one most capable of competing for space with the Balsam Root. Together they certainly make for a colorful display.

POTD: Woodland Star

Woodland Star
Bozeman, Montana
2011

A Woodland Star with one those ubiquitous Balsam Roots in the near background and a Larkspur lurking further out.

POTD: Balsam Root Forest

Balsam Root Forest
Bozeman, Montana
2011

I went out this morning to take some more flower photos and regardless of the flower species of interest, I found it was hard to take a photograph without at least one Balsam Root blossom in the background. On some slopes like this one, there seemed to be nothing but Balsam Root. It is normally the most predominant of our wildflowers but this year it seems to have really taken over.

POTD: Ball-Headed Waterleaf

Ball-Headed Waterleaf
Bozeman, Montana
2011

I’ve always called this bald-headed waterleaf, but I just looked it up and saw it is actually “ball-headed” rather than “bald-headed.” But it’s still an interesting name. It’s also sometimes called bear cabbage as well, which may be even more interesting.

POTD: Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries
Bozeman, Montana
2011

Most of the time the birds get to the actual wild strawberry berries, but once in a while we get to them first. They are small, no larger than the fingernail on your little finger but have as much flavor as several domestic strawberries all rolled into that one little package. I hope those birds appreciate what they’re getting.

POTD: Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke
Bozeman, Montana
2011

Some Prairie Smoke (aka Hooded Aven and a number of other names) blossoms poking up through a batch of Lupine leaves. (The various flowers grow so close together sometimes it’s hard to tell which leaves belong to which flowers.)