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Some Local Wildflowers (not lo-cal:-)

This very wet winter and spring have been great for the flora.
Wildflowers are blooming (yeah), so are the weeds (boo)!

Wish I knew all their names…
The yellow ones are buttercups, which look very pretty en masse.

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The little blue flowers are very teeny, about 1/8″ across.
We have hillsides of the white blossoms.

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And now, the weeds:

The purple leaves have very small pink flowers.
This plant has infiltrated a flower bed.
It is not unattractive, but I cannot let it take over a tulip bed.

And I am including a dandelion flower just opening up.
They’re ba-a-ack!

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Some Local Wildflowers

Maybe it is because we have had such a mild winter and wet spring, there is an abundance of wildflowers.  You just get lucky sometimes!

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Ox-eye daisies line the driveway.  I wonder if they grow so prolific along the edge because that is the area that gets mowed all summer long?

We have hillsides of these cute little flowers, specially under the oak trees.
Baby blue eyes is the common name.

While they closely resemble each other, to me, these are different flowers.
Look at the leaves and on the right, the petal tips are split.

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These are commonly called ‘shooting stars’.
Do you see the black tip at the opposite end of the petals?

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A friend in town had a hillside of these white ‘trout lilies’,
while I could find only three specimens on my property.

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Buttercups are about done on our land, but on a hike at an adjacent property,
we found many still in bloom.

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In the borage family.  With its large leaves, it is a distinctive plant.
I have no recollection of ever seeing this plant here before,
but found a number of them this year.
Mostly in places recently cleared of poison oak and hawthorns
(our local scourges!).


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Spring Wild Flowers

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In the left hand photo is a delicate flower referred to as rabbit ears or bunny ears.  I have seen hundreds of these blooming under our scrub oak trees.

The light pink bloom in the next photo, has a tall stem, and I have seen them sporadically for a few weeks now.  They don’t seem to like too much sun, and there is lots of moss at the base of this one.

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On the right is a deer trail, with the same pink wildflower in the upper left corner of the photo.  Deer tend to follow the same paths when wandering their “home area”, and the above photo is a worn path they use when climbing an embankment above a driveway.

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Here are buttercups, that surprised me one morning.  They were above the hill where I dump my weed buckets and flower prunings.

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I’m not sure if these ox-eye daisies ever died out over the winter.  They are everywhere, and I am constantly digging them out of my flowerbeds.

In the morning, it is not unusual to see spider webs in the grass.  When they are wet with dew, they are easy to spot.

I thought they were cool looking, so wanted to share the pictures.

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