June 28, 2008

Calypso bulbosa

One of my favorite finds when I go out west. This was my second encounter with the beautiful Calypso bulbosa (Calypso orchid). I simply love these guys! I am always thrilled to see this relatively rare flower scattering the trails in the Rocky Mountains. What a wonderful flower!
I saw these at the Michigan Orchid Show a couple years ago. I would love to try to grow a few. They make me smile. I've heard they can be a bit tricky indoors, though not impossible. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Another orchid I encountered on the trail in the Rockies is the Spotted Coralroot - Corallorhiza maculata. Not extremely showy, but that's usually my favorite type of flower - one that is the unobvious beauty; nature's intricate little gems.
One final note - I saw this in the same area as the other two flowers. Does anyone know what this is? Perhaps a coralroot emerging? I know there are yellow ones, but I didn't see any other yellows in bloom anywhere around.
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June 27, 2008

Denver Botanic Gardens

When in Denver...
...be sure to check out the gardens!

This is surely one of my favorite botanic gardens I have ever been to. It is HUGE! There are so many different "zones" of plants. One could spend an entire day there, or at least I could.

Even after hours there, I left having not seen it all. I guess that just means I'll have to be sure to go back!

June 03, 2008


Just had a little fun taking pictures of the ferns on a quick trip up North to Glennie, Michigan.

I also found this while traipsing through the woods. It reminded me of a small orchid, but I learned that it is not. I had looked it up at one point and found what it was, but I forgot and will have to look it up again.