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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wildflower Wednesday, March 2013

Welcome to my Wildflower Wednesday post.  To view other wildflowers check out Gail's Clay and Limestone blog, where she is featuring lots of good information on toothwort.  Very cute.

One small tree is blooming now, Oemleria cerasiformis, Indian Plum.  I only discovered it a couple of years ago, the flowers are not very big, and though I tried to look at all the bushes in my yard I have yet to find any plums.  Surely they cannot all be male plants?   Disappointing.

The most colorful wildflowers at present are on another small tree, the Red-flowering Currants, Ribes sanguinem.

The deer started paying attention to my big clumps of Trilliums last year and now I can't seem to find them coming up, but I did find some blooming hidden in a patch of Salal-

There are some flower buds coming on the Oregon Holly Grape, formerly Mahonia nervosa.  I'm with you Gail, on those pesky Taxonomists who are wreaking havoc on many of my plant names.
Love those leaves.

Enjoy those spring blooms and plant some natives this year!



  1. Lovely blooms!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Red Flowering Currant is my favorite, but I also love the Indian Plum. I had one tiny plum on one of mine last year. But there are loads growing wild in the neighborhood, so I should think there are plenty of opportunities for pollination. It's a mystery.

    1. I looked at some of the flowers but couldn't ID any as pistillate. Maybe I need them under a microscope.

  3. Love those little trilliums. You've just reminded me that I used to have one of those mahonias (I still call them that!) but I lost it when I moved it during our awful drought. Just didn't provide enough water for it. I must get another one. They are wonderful plants and my mockingbirds loved it.

    1. Yes, I love trilliums too. The big clumps were amazing, I can't figure out what happened to them. I love the Mahonias but have not succeeded in transplanting one, though I guess I haven't really tried much. Mentioning mockingbirds gives me a pang, I haven't heard one in such a long time. There was always a favorite bird around that had an amazing repertory.

  4. Taxonomists~hereafter referred to as~they who must be ignored! I grow Ribes odoratum, it smells like cloves and perfumes the air in early spring. It's a yellow flower, but, Ribes sanguinem is truly gorgeous. Hope the weekend is filled with gardening. gail

  5. I certainly want to ignore them over the Aster issue. I have R. odoratum too, it does smell heavenly.