Friday, May 29, 2009

Rosy Blooms

Columbine
Flower above
Leaves below
This columbine was found growing along the side of my house. I don't think it is native to the Pacific Northwest but it is unmistakably a columbine flower. In the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and the genus Aquilegia, this flower is pollinated by hummingbirds and long tongued butterflies.

Baldhip Rose
Rosa gymnocarpa
This cute little rose is scattered all over this area. Flowers in the rose family have started blooming this week. The baldhip rose (above) and the thimbleberry (below) are flowering along the edge of the woods and bring a smile to my face as I drive by them.

Thimbleberry
Rubus parviflorus
These lovely white flowers bloom amongst large maple-like leaves. The berries this plant produces are sought after by birds and bears in late summer and fall.

Reference: "Trees, Shrubs & Flowers to Know in Washington & British Columbia"
by C. P. Lyons and Bill Merilees

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