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Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Summertime Flower Friday!

All of our flowers seem to burst into bloom at almost the same time. Along one trail with a view of the Divide, a meadow is dotted with Blue Flax flowers. Do you see the snowy Divide on the horizon?

From a distance, Blue Flax look almost like weeds. When you look closely, they are exquisitely beautiful, with yellow highlights and radial purple streaks.

Very often, the blooms are in pairs at the top of their long and wavy stalks.

Despite how many gorgeous flowers are blooming, one has a special place in my heart - the Colorado Columbine.
When I first saw Columbines, they looked too delicate ever to survive the violent storms at our elevation. But they do, and they keep shining in all their glory.

When we moved here a long time ago, I noticed that Columbines were almost completely missing from the little trail system near our house. I'd ride my bike to other parts of the forest to see them.

Then, I got an idea - I wanted to grow my own Columbine garden that lined the paths on our land. I started close to the house more than a decade ago. Today, somewhere between 60 and 100 Columbines are in full bloom in the garden next to the house. They make me smile, and they make me so silly that I talk to them! (don't tell anyone!)

Now, I've turned my attention to the rest of the little trail that takes us from our land to the National Forest. I'm trying to line that with Columbines.

The pollinators are helping me. My Columbines have reached the point where they are multiplying without me adding more seeds in the fall. Yippee!!!

Despite having so many nearby Columbines, I still can't resist the urge to hop off my bike to photograph any new one that I spot. And I sniff their sweet aroma.

Other blooms are interspersed in the Columbines, like this Paintbrush with the dappling of purple flowers behind it - it's one of the Runner's favorites.

In the meantime, I continue to visit the Golden Meadow with at least one Lab each day. I think that the flowers are approaching the end of their bloom so I'm savoring every last day that we can gaze at the flowers while listening to the Western Meadowlark sing!
Happy Summertime and Happy Flower Friday!


  1. Hari OM
    simply gorgeous... columbine is one of my own personal favourites, though it has to be said that here in the Bonny Land, they can become 'weed-like' if not tended and rooted out from time to time! no problems propagating them here!!! YAM xx

  2. I have to agree - the Columbine is gorgeous!

  3. I am so lucky to have columbines here - mostly the red ones, but an occasional blue and sometimes even a purple one! It's always exciting to see those uniquely-colored leaves appear in early Spring :)

  4. What beautiful blooms! You look just as pretty romping through the blue flowers as you do the yellow ones, Shyla!

  5. A happy doggie, or two... beautiful blooms, and your words sing with joy today. Beautiful macros.

  6. Beautiful! Our planted flowers don't seem to thrive. Maybe we should talk to them...or give them water.

  7. What a lovely selection of flowers you have!! I really love that you are spreading the Columbine love!
    Arty & Jakey

  8. We love the Columbine too - so delicate and so pretty. Now if only somePup would let us enjoy the beauty of flowers:)

  9. So nice to spread the Columbines! Beautiful photos!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. You have some very beautiful flowers there! I agree, the Columbine really are special. I love the colors and the little bit of yellow on the tips is so delicate looking.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  11. Beautiful photos of those flowers!


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