Day trip to Raspberry Ranch

A friend of mine has a beautiful ranch, Raspberry Ranch, just below Snow Bank Mountain. I went up to visit the other day, to help plant the enclosed garden with old fashioned hollyhocks, basket of gold, daisies, phlox paniculata, big orange poppies………..so much for the hand of man (or women). Here’s the view on the way into the ranch………

I was dazzled by the wild yellow pea, acres and acres and acres of camas (the sustenance root of the Nez Perce/Nee Mee Pu indians), side by side with American Bistort, looks like a tall skinny one-ended Q-tip, and purple shooting star.