Category: Flowering Plants

Lava Beds May Wildflowers

I noticed this sweet, diminutive flower blooming alongside the Big Nasty Trail near the Lava Beds National Monument border with the Modoc National Forest. This is a native annual plant found throughout the west. Apparently, it has also been present in Vermont – my… Continue Reading “Lava Beds May Wildflowers”

Coastal Bush Lupine

I found this gem growing on the banks near the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Point Reyes National Seashore. In early March, this plant was just beginning to bloom. It was a foggy, misty day and the flowers and foliage were covered with water droplets!… Continue Reading “Coastal Bush Lupine”

Miniature Lupine

I found this little gem growing in patches in the hillside meadows surrounding Lake Mendocino in California. As the botanical name suggests, the flowers are two-toned – blue and white. The plant is native from California to British Columbia and reaches a height of… Continue Reading “Miniature Lupine”

Salmonberry

I first noticed this plant last week during our slow ascent up the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California. We pulled into the Lewis and Clark National Historic Site in Astoria, OR to take a short break from driving before continuing on to our… Continue Reading “Salmonberry”

October Photo of the Day 10.25.21

One of my main chores after returning home from a 6-month workamping position is garden maintenance. My front perennial garden suffered some serious neglect this summer and I dove right in and started weeding and cutting back overgrown and messy plants. The grasses are… Continue Reading “October Photo of the Day 10.25.21”

October Photo a Day 10.2.21

How appropriate that I would share a photograph of this beautiful rose on the anniversary of the birthday of my grandmother, Virginia! The small rose hips and the brilliant burgundy fall color of Rosa virginiana are very showy right now along Otter Cove in… Continue Reading “October Photo a Day 10.2.21”

Thuya Garden Flower Fix

I needed a serious flower fix yesterday. So, dodging raindrops, I visited my favorite garden on the island to see what was in bloom since the last time I dropped in. Using a very shallow depth of field, I was able to create some… Continue Reading “Thuya Garden Flower Fix”

Deer Isle Day Trip

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2021 predicted summer weather for New England, which includes Maine, would bring above-average rainfall and cooler than average temperatures. I would say this prophecy definitely came to fruition! The photo above gives a good indication of the type of… Continue Reading “Deer Isle Day Trip”

Photo a Day 7.17.21

I tired unsuccessfully several times yesterday to upload this photo to my blog. Interrupted cell service has definitely been the bane of my existence this summer here on Mount Desert Island. So, anyway, here is yesterday’s photo! The lilies are coming into bloom at… Continue Reading “Photo a Day 7.17.21”

Photo a Day 7.16.21

I visited my favorite patch of milkweed at Thuya Gardens today to see if there were any monarch caterpillars munching on the leaves. I noticed this butterfly on one of the flowers and, then, as I was photographing it – along came a caterpillar…..