Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blooming Wildflowers

If you live in Minnesota the Showy Lady’s Slippers are in full bloom.

This is the bunch that Far Guy saved years ago at our old resort. He found them one day in June years ago coming up on both sides of a log. The group has gotten larger and larger.  We stopped by for a few photos! 

Lady's Sliipper at the old resort 

Wild Iris

The Blue Flag Iris is in bloom near the Dead Beaver area.

The Smooth Solomon’s Seal is just finishing up.

Smooth Soloms Seal June 7

The little blooms are hidden under the foliage..I practically had to lay on the ground for this photo.  This plant is on the edge of our driveway.  It is special..because it is the only one I know of in our area.  They may be more deep in the woods..but I stay out of there because of the Poison Ivy.

Aldo Leopold wrote “ During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom.  In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds in a single day.”

I enjoy watching the native plants… waiting for the first blooms.  After years and years of watching native plants they do not disappoint they always bloom with a week or ten days of when they did last year..Leopold calls them Prairie Birthdays. I guess that works for me:)

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20 comments:

  1. Every thing was off this year. It was strange to see flowers and plants that usually bloom one after another blooming all at the same time. They knew this dry was coming.

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  2. What a huge, vibrant patch of Lady Slippers!

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  3. The Lady's Slippers are so beautiful. I've not seen them before.
    How interesting that the plants are so consistent with their shows. I figured that weather would have a bigger influence than that... but I guess you can't rush Mother Nature, nor can you slow her progress.
    I was enthralled with the wildflowers in our yard when we first moved to Colorado. I lived in the woods in SC and yes, there were some wild flowers, but it didn't seem that we had as many things in bloom at the same time.

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  4. We had wildflowers from spring and summer all blooming at once last fall, since we didn't really have much of a spring and I figure they knew it was now or never. I love wildflowers and they are in such abundance here in the Pacific Northwest. They weren't bad in Colorado, either, for that matter. Minnesota looks to be the same. Thanks for sharing these with me.

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  5. The Lady's Slippers are such a pretty flower. Sure wish you could send me some. The crazy weather this year is playing havoc on so many trees and flowers. The weird Spring we had has all but ruined the Door County, WI cherry crop and now they are saying that the maple sugar industry here in WI took a hard hit in it's production - it got too warm too soon. You have flowers that should bloom one after the other and are blooming at the same time. Oh well, I still wish you could send me some Lady's Slippers tho. Thanks for showing us how pretty they are.

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  6. Lady's Slippers are rare here in Virginia. We have a small patch over in the pine woods. Seems they like a fungus that's found there. Yours are just lovely.

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  7. I have a 'nature' flower bed, and I rearrange the woods, (transplant) wild flowers to my natural bed. Little by little I will have quite a collection for future generations!

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  8. Love the Lady's Slippers. Beautiful. I'd sure stay away from the poison - yikes.

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  9. I love wildflowers too. They are so pretty. Do stay out of the poison ivy.

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  10. I know....the poison ivy is bad here this year and now I noticed it growing again in my yard! I had a bad bout of it last year. I'd love to walk in the woods here too but between poison ivy and poisonous snakes down here I stick to the road. How did the pioneers mange it all?

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  11. Oh, those lady slippers are vibrant! Aren't they all just gorgeous! I don't know the names of most of them, but I just love all the wildflowers in Minnesota. :)

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  12. I love those wild flowers, the Lady Slipper is so pretty!

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  13. I've never seen lady slippers before. They are gorgeous. :o)

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  14. I think the lady's slippers are lovely but I do like the blue flags.

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  15. Ok, that is what I have been waiting for all spring. Lady Slippers are my favorite. It brings back a lot of great memories when we use to go to Minnesota every summer. I had a blue flag iris for a while here in Iowa but it didn't survive. Great shots.

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  16. I'm with you on native plants. My only complaint is that I don't get out enough.

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  17. That picture of the Showy Lady's Slippers is beautiful!

    What? Is that Chance sitting backstage, waiting to steal the show from Showy Lady???

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  18. Hi Connie, I always enjoy your posts/photos of wildflowers. I love Chance in the background of the first pic!

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  19. Beautiful lady's slippers! :-)

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