Dear Readers, The frosts have come to the Rocky Mountain National Park and the flowers are now few and far between. Therefore this blog will hibernate for the winter months, returning in the spring with the wildflowers. I hope you will return as well. Thanks for joining me this summer in my exploration of the…
We have had three good frosts up in the mountains and are running out of flowers. So, being a creative and determined flower searcher, we headed to a lower altitude … Fort Collins. At Coyote Ridge I hoped to find the last few Evening Stars, but I was a week or two too late; they were all dried…
These smallest of the small blossoms are so small they make my pinky nail look huge. Blow them up and you will see little red points on the stamen (anthers). They are called Fendler’s Sandwort, and can be found almost everywhere just now.
Yummy … It’s Butter and Eggs. Looks like a snapdragon to me, but what do I know?
One of those plants that is everywhere, so much so that you think of it as a weed. But the Rocky Mountain Goldenrod is really a wildflower. And a bright accent in virtually every prairie, ditch and sunny trail.
Well, I’m not sure how many of us really celebrate the tassel, but here is one reason…the Tasseflower.
Used for everything from miscarriage to skin emollient to enhancing blond hair, clearly this wonderful bush full of Wild Chamomile, is a friend to women. Even if I found it right next to “Beware of Rattlesnakes” sign at Coyote Ridge. And by the way, as it grew dark, the coyotes chased us off that ridge. Yikes!
These Fairy Trumpets are the craziest bright coral — I didn’t think they were actually wildflowers when I first saw them. They look like some hot-house breed. One of my books says it “looks too fragile to survive in the dry habitat is prefers”. No kidding.
I featured Queens Crown just a few weeks ago but I need to bring it up again. I had no idea that as Fall approaches these plant turn an amazing scarlet from root to flower and become such a draw for the eye. I particularly like the photo of Queens Crown Island, a little bit…
Along with Tansy-aster and Candytuft, these little fellas are taking over our yard. Can’t mow down my pretty flowers, so we’ll just have to be shaggy for a while. LIfe is good in Colorado.