Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Snabulus Virtual Botanical Garden, Part Zillion

On an unsettled and somewhat drizzly day, I took another lunch walk into the Tualatin Hills Nature Park to look for more small treasures...

These are honeysuckle blossoms, but what are they doing here? Is this park some kind of flower dump?

Well, no. Look up. These little rascals are winding themselves up the trees, so as high as 50 feet.

Is it a maple? Nope, it is an herb called thimbleberry. The berries are edible but not the sweetest things in the world.

The flowers on the this salal resembles tiny inverted urns.

Welcome to the jungle? Skunk cabbage grows in the soggy, boggy wetlands in the area. While not as stinky as a skunk, they are pungent and, as you can see, they have luxuriously large foliage. The classic spadix and spathe have not appeared yet.

The vanilla leaf are finally in bloom with their ivory-colored sprig of microflowers.

Blame it on the bleeding hearts, eh? Well, here is a wild bleeding heart. This delicate little beauty hangs around for quite a while which probably explains its cultivation into showier commercial forms.

Well, back to your regularly scheduled debate, YouTube, or Flash game.


Swinebread said...

I can't wait until they cut it all down and build condos!

Don Snabulus said...

Which McMansion shall I choose? I am not sure...reminds me of one our fridge magnets which states:

"Welcome to Suburbia, where they cut down the trees and name streets after them."

Pandabonium said...

Thanks for the tour - very pretty. Wish I could remember the names of the plants and flowers.

re: McMansion - I heard this new word on Car Talk this week: "GarageMahal" - a large house with its primary distinguishing characteristic being an over-sized 3,4 or more car garage to house SUVs, minivans, and sports cars.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Wasn't that refreshing?