What’s Blooming on April 11, 2015

More wildflowers around my home.

I got out with my camera the other day and shot some more images of what’s blooming at my place. I didn’t walk the whole 10 acres; these shots were taken between my home and my “Lookout Point” bench. Once again, I looked them up in my WA State Wildflower app; here’s what I think they are.

Lupine

Lupine
Lupine are extremely widespread here and although they’ve just started blooming at my place, I saw them at higher elevations on a hike with a friend last week. They will bloom throughout the summer, as long as there’s enough moisture in the soil to support them.

Balsam Root

Balsam Root
My three big balsam root patches are probably at maximum bloom right now. The biggest of the patches are right on Lookout Point; the other two patches are east near my new bee yard. I noticed this year that they favor southwest-facing hillsides. Because my home faces north, there are tons of these on the hills, as far as the eye can see.

Blue Mustard

Blue Mustard
There are bunches of these alongside the path to Lookout Point. I suspect they need a lot of moisture to survive and don’t expect them to last long unless we get more rain.

Phlox

Phlox
I’m not sure which kind of Phlox these are — the Wildflower app has lots of variants — but I’m pretty sure its Phlox. They’re very tiny flowers.

Prairie-Star (?)

Prairie-Star (?)
Last month, I identified this flower as Prairie-Star, but this month, I’m not so sure. It’s still blooming in tiny little bunches throughout my property.

4 thoughts on “What’s Blooming on April 11, 2015

    • Thanks. I really like the variety in the spring. I’m going to try to keep a portion of my property irrigated with a sprinkler to see if I can get some of the wildflowers to stick around through the hot summer months. Green usually fades to gold and flowers die by July and August.

    • Thanks! I like the idea of recording what’s blooming on certain dates so I know how the seasons change. I should mention that the cherry orchards in my area are also in full bloom; the ones down near the river are past bloom and producing fruit. My early season grower thinks his cherries will be ready to pick by June 10-15 this year — a full two weeks earlier than usual.

What do you think?