Sarah & I spent Memorial Day with her cousin and his lovely family near the little town of Willits in Northern California, and I was surprised to see a great many wildflowers still in bloom as we walked around their property.
There was Linanthus galore, its delicate yellow filament a dead giveaway.
A few patches of Western Heart’s-ease Violets bloomed in shadier areas. These are easy to ID if you just look at the backside of the top two petals – they’re purple in this species.
Yellow Globe Lily
The west-facing hillsides were covered with more Yellow Globe Lilies than I’ve ever seen. They mostly stymied my attempts to photograph them, as Globe Lilies usually do.
A wild flash of pink caught my eye – something new! I initially thought it was Elegant Clarkia, but a lookup in my books back at home shows it to (probably) be Redribbons (same genus, but different petal shape).
Clusters of purple Ithuriel’s Spear were plentiful, although we didn’t see a single one of its close cousin, Elegant Brodiaea, which is usually present along with it.
California Indian Pink
Another bright flash, inconveniently-located high on a hillside – Indian Pink, an unusual flower that I’ve seen only once before.
A rocky outcrop was almost completely covered in Dudleya, most of it blooming.
The un-subtle flaming magenta of Kellogg’s Monkeyflower also caught my eye – another flower I’ve only rarely seen.
Unknown flower – what is this?
Down by the river, several clumps of the white flower above were blooming, but I’m afraid I have no name for it. It almost looks like a checkerbloom.
Little green frog
As we admired the huge numbers of tadpoles in the river, Sarah spotted their source nearby – cute little fellow, huh?
Little brown frog
Blending in so well as to nearly be stepped on, this little frog cooperated pretty well for close-ups, unlike its green neighbor.
For a lazy 30-minute stroll on the cousin’s property, I was pretty impressed with the variety of flowers still in bloom in late May!
– Baby Blue Eyes
– Broadleaf Filaree
– California Indian Pink
– California Poppy
– Chinese Houses
– Crimson Columbine
– Dove’s-foot Geranium
– Dudleya sp.
– Indian Paintbrush
– Indian Warrior
– Ithuriel’s Spear
– Kellogg’s Monkeyflower
– Linanthus sp.
– Royal Penstemon
– Scarlet Gilia
– Scarlet Pimpernel
– Yellow Globe Lily
– Western Heart’s-ease
* = new-to-me flower