wild………about wild flowers

sheeeeesh. Can’t believe it’s been 12 days since I posted. What HAVE I been doing?

Well, I went a’travelin’ to Sumpter, OR over Memorial Day weekend to a friend’s cabin. And what to my wondering eye should appear, in the woods, the low spot, semi-damp (is that a term?), all hairy and beautiful???????? Ahhhhhh, the clematis hirsutissima in situ. How’s that for talking dirty with the Dirt Diva? Named by Frederick Pursh in the early 1800’s the plant was identified by Lewis and Clark on their expedition and exists today in their herbarium collection.

Anyway, we also identified Grass Widow, wild lupine, dodecatheon (shooting stars) and wild buttercups. Only the lupine, the grass widow and the clematis came into focus.