Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Six New Blooms

Wildflowers seem to bloom in a predictable order. Every year I chronicle when a new blossom appears in the summer, and this week is the week for Paintbrush,
common sunflowers,
wild rose
and salsify

...and sure enough, when I went looking for them this morning, they were there.
I also saw a cone flower, just beginning
and some red clover.
The geraniums, flax and lupines are still blooming and there are more today than there were yesterday. All that rain has brought a bumper crop of blooms.

In case you are wondering...all of these wonderful flowers grow here in a little corner of Wyoming!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Orderly Progression

Seeing the wildflowers emerge is always a treat. While I feared they might never pop up, they have. First came the lupines,
then the wild geraniums,
and today the flax appeared.

On the "not so wild" side of the garden are the phlox I planted last year.

Then there are the dandelions!

Geranium Journal

The palest of pink petals hides the deep purple veins. Mother Nature always has little surprises.

Monday, June 22, 2009


We saw UP tonight. It was not the movie we thought we were going to see. Instead of a lighthearted cartoon, it was sad. We came out of the theater looking for the kleenex box in the car. This is one case where the trailer and the movie were at complete odds. Read COTTonLINE to find out more.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Almost Summer

Summer begins around the 21st of June (in CA it starts on the 20th, at 10:45 PM according to Wikipedia). I don't think it will start on time in the Rocky Mountains based on today's weather. On the otherhand, as I look at the wildflowers that are out, they are more or less "on time."
The wild geranium is blooming.

The lupine is just starting.

The dandelions are having a grand time, but then I think they can bloom any time of the year.

Last year I planted some phlox and strawberries. Surprising to me, they survived the winter and are now just starting to bloom too.

I might have wildflowers this year afterall!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


While COTTonLINE (the other DrCs blog) is talking about global cooling; and after 2 weeks of gray, gloominess; I am pleased to report that the sun came out. And, more importantly, it stayed out! It's good to see the sun.

To celebrate the sunshine, I tried to take pictures of wildflowers, but alas, there were not any. The rain has delayed their blooms. Instead, I attempted to capture raindrops on leaves. What I thought would be an easy task, turned out to be more difficult. My nephew said "that's why we have photographers."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Misty, Moody, Mountains

Yesterday we took a ride to the Park. That's the Grand Teton National Park, if you are wondering. We've been having a rainy, drippy, gray, cool late spring, and yesterday was no exception. The mountains were wreathed with clouds. The color of the few flowers that have decided to bloom was muted. Nevertheless, it was pretty, in a moody sort of way.

Take a look. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Early June in Star Valley

It's not winter and it's not summer, so it must be spring! Yet, looking at the moody clouds makes you wonder? Is it really spring? There are not many spring flowers.
There are few colts. The aspens are leafy green.
The trees are happy in the rain. The thunder and lightning boom and slash through the sky! Maybe because we are above 6000 feet the weather is more vibrant than at sea level. Whatever, this "tween time" in the Star Valley will be with us for awhile.
Then the sun will reappear; the snow will melt and summer will sneak into the valley.