Last week I saw the first Oregon iris, Iris tenax, flowering in the woods near our house. This welcome sight follows several weeks of enjoying early flowering wildflowers like the stately Trillium ovatum, their snow white flowers already deepening to a dark rose, along with patches of yellow trailing violet, Viola sempervirens, mixed with blue Spring Queen, Synthyris reniformis. Bright red salmonberry flowers, Rubus spectabilis, entice hummingbirds into the forest openings to sample nectar from flowers illuminated in bright lit streamside stands. Bird songs fill the air. All sure signs of spring that make a nature lover like myself feel happy and content!
|Telesonix jamesii in tufa|
|Pacific Coast Native Iris|