This week I thought I'd share photos from a four-mile hike my hubby and I took yesterday. Of course I had my camera and had to stop for photos every two seconds, which tried the patience of my ever-mellow husband, snicker, chortle.
So let's go hiking!
|First through grassy fields...|
|Then through a deciduous forest.|
|I was very impressed with the Snowberries, (Symphoricarpos albus)|
When I grew this plant, the berries looked more like parking lot, melting snow.
|These were pristine.|
|I was surprised to see Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).|
|There was quite a little clump of it.|
I didn't know it was growing here in Oregon.
|We (I) quickly decided we needed to come back next spring.|
The flowers on this clover must have been stunning.
|Here's another reason to come back in the spring.|
What was this flower?
Kind of looks like Columbine seedpods, (Aquilegia canadensis)
|We saw lots of Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)|
|And lots of Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)|
|Such pretty flowers...|
|Mostly in white...|
|And a few in pink.|
|Before my wits returned, I was actually thinking of digging a clump of this one.|
You know me and pink flowers!
|One lone clump of Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)|
|A type of indigenous Aster|
|Chicory (Cichorium intybus)|
|The sky-blue flowers belie this plant's tough demeanor|
|A sprinkling of yellow California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)|
|And a little party of two|
|I've never seen Virgin's Bower or Wild Clematis growing here in Oregon|
|Lots of seed heads to guarantee more plants next year.|
No, I didn't collect any.
|And, no, we didn't get near this monstrosity either.|
|Such a menacing orb. I think the hornets built it to be terrifying on purpose.|
We were surprised to see it on the ground. Maybe the branch it was on had broken off.
|Nearby, was another one! This one was still up high.|
|The beautiful Willamette River!|
|And a stately resident!|
Do you see him?
|Downstream (looking north)|
|Upstream (looking south)|
|A boat of speedy passersby... the only people we saw here.|
|And their wake|
A few more wild plantings...
|A nice clump of Wild or Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)|
|Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)|
|This little beauty was a surprise, growing right on the rocks!|
I sure hope it's not going to be on next year's invasive weed list.
|This might be Carex hystericina. I'm not sure.|
|Anyone know which grass this might be?|
|A Descampsus maybe? Isn't it pretty?|
Addendum: Scott Weber, THE Grass Guru says it's
Eragrostis spectabilis 'Purple Love Grass'
Now I wish I would have dug it up. It was small but very cool.
|This plant looks suspiciously like Bowle's Golden Grass. (Milium effusum 'Aureum')|
|I had it for several years in my garden--in several places.|
It's a prolific self-seeder.
|Don't know what this curiosity is but I thought the red spots|
on the leaves were kind of sweet.
|I found this rare Aviana featheriosis!|
|What I think is Hairy Goldaster (Hetherotheca villosa)|
|After collecting a few interesting rocks...|
|We decided to head back.|
|Another reason to visit in the spring...|
|Bush after bush of lovely rose hips.|
I want to see the roses!
|On the way back, I was mesmerized by these gorgeous, glowing|
White Pine trees. (Pinus strobus, I think.)
|There was an entire row of them lining the side of the pathway!|
|A tired looking mint. I think it's Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)|
but by now, I was too tired to smell the leaves to be sure.
|On the way back, I kept telling Steve that we should grow this ground cover weed instead of a lawn|
in our front yard. So little water and yet verdant and healthy!
|It's Prostrate Spurge, (Euphorbia maculata)...|
|And unfortunately it's a summer (warm-season) annual, meaning my "lawn"|
albeit lush and green in summer would be a muddy mess in winter.
|See how lush and pretty it is?|
Next week we'll be back in my garden.