9/23/12

walk on the wild side

Once again, I feel fortunate to live in such an amazing place! One of the prominent reasons being that I am surrounded be an abundance of amazing, natural beauty.  From Mount Baker to Mount Hood the forests and alpine meadows are alive with native wildflowers that provide a showy display of fireworks from late spring until the snow settles in.
Goat Rocks wilderness in early September
Paradise Park on Mount Hood in late August
The more I explore, the more fascinated and appreciative I become. So far as to join the Native Plant Society...a tremendous resource for all that is growing wild.  Along with their  classroom style format of consulting, there are several local events including plant sales, demonstrations, and educational opportunities.  Check out their blog! 

trillium- a good accent for shade gardens
angelica


If I'm lucky my attempts to transform shady corners into 'forest sanctuaries' and a high & dry patch of my boyfriend's yard into an 'experimental alpine garden' of sorts; featuring three rather pricey mountain hemlocks and several species of erica and calluna (heather & heath) will endure as well as teach. 
cornus (bunchberry) good groundcover for shade

Queen's cup
Please enjoy some of my photos.  Happy fall and happy fall planting...the best time to plant!
Arrowleaf balsamroot

(bearly thawed) September near goat lake
Also check out the Washington Trails Association for recommended wildflower hikes to put on your list for next year, plus a great downloadable native flower guide (at the bottom of the hikes page).  Happy trekking!

maidenhair fern & dicentra (bleeding heart)
Columbia lily


sedum the 'go-to' succulent groundcover for dry sun

paint brush, a burst of bright vermillion

sub alpine mariposa lily


Though I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trekking in the tundra of the Kenai (Alaska)...
tundra floor
me hiking Glacier Peak wilderness


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