Tag Archives: RMNP Wildflowers

My California Poppies Were Blooming Here In Estes Park Up Until The End Of October When It Snowed!

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The growing season here seemed very long this past fall. Flowers that you thought would have gone by weeks ago were still blooming!

My Blue Flax was still gorgeous. It seemed to have had a second life around the middle of September. They usually don’t bloom past the middle of August.

And these California Poppies didn’t start blooming at all until the middle of September. They were nestled into the rock wall and looked like this until the snow came a couple of weeks ago.

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Mrs. Walsh’s Garden In Estes Park Is Beautiful In Any Season

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Stroll into serenity when you enter Mrs. Walsh’s Garden.  Visitors to the Garden will find respite as they walk through this mountain garden or sit on a bench to rest.  Whether you are an avid gardener or simply enjoy the abundant colors of nature, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden will awaken your senses as you enjoy the flora of life zones from the foothills to the alpine tundra.

A winding footpath will lead you to a quiet pond accompanied by a small waterfall.   Other garden elements that can also be found include: a beautiful bronze statue, a dry stream bed, sitting nooks, garden art, and an abundance of flowers and plants native to the surrounding Rocky Mountain Region.  As you travel through the Garden, you will see plant displays that are well-identified, native to the foothills, montane, subalpine, and alpine life zones.

Mrs. Walsh’s Garden is a community treasure that began with the enthusiasm and vision of Judy Lamy.  With her gracious purchase of the land in 1996, she was able to begin the project in honor of her grandmother, Mrs. Winifred Walsh. Today, Estes Park residents and seasonal visitors are able to enjoy the garden for pleasure, inspiration and education.

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The Colorado State Flower, The Columbine, Is Still Blooming On The Black Lake Trail In RMNP

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I was hiking up Black Lake Trail on Tuesday when I saw a field of wildflowers. I couldn’t believe it! There were Columbine, Senecio, Bistort, Asters and Indian Paintbrush. I was pretty close to Black Lake so the elevation must’ve been  about 10,000 feet. I thought that the wildflowers that high had died weeks ago.

The wildflowers were all nestled against a rock wall that was pretty high and pretty wet but in the shade for most of the day. It was just such a treat to see these beautiful wildflowers blooming in October!

 

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The Pearly Everlasting Look Just Like Little Pearls In Rocky Mountain National Park

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The Pearly Everlasting look just like little white pearl beads when they are almost ready to bloom. They are a perennial herb and grow to about 10-8-cm tall. The little white flower-heads are white (sometimes pinkish) and about 5 cm across with about 5 white ray florets and 10-30 yellowish disc florets. There are many of these florets in flat-topped clusters of about 2-10 cm across.

The Pearly Everlasting grow from May until September so you still may be able to see some on the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. They might be past their peak and may look a little more fuzzy at this time of year.

There is a huge grove of them on the Black Canyon Trail just after you go through the chain across the fence that leads across private property. They were still blooming the last time I looked!

In this photograph the flowers are just starting to bloom.

 

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Needle-And-Thread Grass Looks Like Crazy Grass In Estes Park And Rocky Mountain National Park!

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When our house was built our front yard was a huge hill of mud that felt like cement. We wanted to plant native wildflowers, bushes and grasses so that it looked natural. With Rocky Mountain National Park only about 20 yards away, we wanted it to blend in and just be pretty.

We started collecting seeds and grasses and slowly they are starting to grow and look “native.”

I’ve always loved this particular grass called Needle-And-Thread Grass or Long-Haired Needlegrass. In the summertime it just looks like a tall, pale green grass, blowing in the wind.  When it it time for it to starting seeding, all of the dried wheat-colored bristles turn into “spikelets”  to disperse their seeds. They look like they have gone crazy, going in all different directions. They are so pretty when you see them out on the trail, especially blowing on the wind.

I tried to get a photograph of some of the grass which is still pretty much a bundle and some which has already dispersed its seeds with its “spikelets.”

It is amazing to look at how all of the wildflowers and grasses change at the end of the summer and dry up to disperse their seeds. Some of them totally change and are just amazing!

 

 

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The Purple Lupine Wildflowers Are Blooming By Fall River In Estes Park

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The purple Lupine wildflowers are just gorgeous on Fall River in Estes Park. All of the rain that we’ve had lately in certainly making for some beautiful wildflowers!

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The Berries On The Mountain Ash Are Gorgeous In Rocky Mountain National Park!

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The Mountain Ash is blooming and gorgeous in Rocky Mountain National Park! The red, glossy berries are just beautiful! I’ve seen them off of Fall River Road and around Sprague Lake.

The Mountain Ash has white flowers in the summer which turn into deep orange to scarlet berries in the fall.

If you find one bush there are usually many dense clusters of berries on it. Just look around for the perfect photo! I’m sure you’ll find it!

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Endovalley In RMNP Is Lush With Color

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With all the rain we had in Rocky Mountain National Park this past spring, the colors in Endovalley are vibrant.

Loved this photograph of the Aspen trees with the Golden Banner wildflowers in the green, green grass.

What do you think?

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Beautiful Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly In My Yard In Estes Park

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This pretty, yellow and black Western Tiger Swallowtail was feeding on the Catmint wildflowers in my yard. It’s the first one that I’ve seen this summer.

Beautiful butterfly, don’t you think? Love the orange and blue spots on its tail!

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Always Love The Black-Eyed Susan Wildflower In Estes Park And RMNP!

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The Black-eyed Susan has always been one of my favorite wildflowers. I remember them growing up back east. One of my best childhood friends was named “Susie” and we used to see many of them while playing at the beach. with the yellow flowers about 3″ wide. They are very distinct with their very black, large center.

They seem to have bloomed the first or sencond week of August this year. I’ve seen many along the trails and along the sides of the roads.

When they are fully bloomed you can see the yellow pollen atop the puffy, black center. I tried to take this photograph so you could see its delicacy and intricacy.

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