Aquilegia, the Columbine,
such a happy flower to see each spring.
Native Americans used to eat (and may still do so?)
small amounts of the flowers in springtime.
The flowers are reported to taste quite sweet but
we are also warned that the rest of the plant is toxic.
I for one will stick with admiring the beauty of the flowers
without eating them.
This tree grows between our fence and the fence
the city put up by the sidewalk.
It isn't a very big space but big enough for this tree
and it's many babies.
Golden Chain tree is quite pretty when in bloom,
and the blooms are quite fragrant.
I am torn; I love trees and flowering trees are even better
but this flowering tree
produces lots and lots of seeds which
all want to grow in my flower bed!
Native blackberry, trailing :Rubus ursinus. It's nice to see this native showing up in our yard
as we try to rid ourselves of the Himalayan blackberry.
While the Himalayan is a heavy producer of the best tasting
blackberries, it also takes over the yard and everything else.
Native Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa
I love the native name for this plant, sounds exotic.
Most sources consider this a toxic plant,
although it is an important native species for wildlife
While this may not be the prettiest flower you've
ever seen I am happy to have seen it.
This is Miner's Lettuce, it has an important history
of feeding the California gold rush miners,
it was eaten to prevent scurvy.
I found this growing wild in Anacortes.
While the Flowering Quince seems so common
and even wild although I am happy to have it.
I am not sure if it was even planted in my yard
by someone or if it just showed up.
If you happen to grow the Flowering Quince
and you happen to get fruit then you can make
A native plant, the Mayapple so named
for the small apple like fruit that doesn't
appear in May (the flower does though).
While the ripe fruit is edible in small amounts
the plant is otherwise poisonous.
A beautiful plant for the woodland plantings.
Checkered Lily, Fritillaria, Chocolate Lily.
It doesn't matter what you call it
this native is a beauty.
The first time I saw it was growing native
at Washington Park in Anacortes, WA.
Down the street and around the corner in a wooded
area grows this vine/shrub plant.
In the spring it's covered in these yellow flowers.
A small cutting a few years ago is now
rewarding me with my own plant.
This is it's first full year in the ground
and it's first year to flower.
I see a little bee type bug has already found it.
Some great info regarding this plant can be found here.