Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ABC Wednesday--H

Harebells

False Hellebore
is related to corn and is also known as the Corn Lily. The leaves are a showy green backdrop in meadows both in the lower forested areas as well as at higher elevations. The blooms look more like a corn tassel.



White Mountain Heather and Pink Mountain Heather grow in high subalpine areas. The pink is the most common, and there is also a yellow variety which is sometimes seen. Pink Mountain Heather doesn't seem to be picky about having a lot of soil, as you see it quite a bit in rocky areas like this one.


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29 comments:

Paulie said...

Beautiful entries! I need to take you with me on MY hiking trips. You are so knowledgeable about wildflowers! How did you learn them?

RuneE said...

The photos were taken last year, right????

Anne-Berit said...

Lovely photos for H.Have a nice day:o)

June said...

Like the shots...and the lesson too!

CrazyCath said...

Lovely shots again. The pink (or as we say here "red") heather is common across Scotland and Northern England. It does grow ANYwhere. The white heather is very rare - in fact I don't know if I have seen such a big lot growing wild as in your photo. Perhaps it's not "alpine" enough here (perish the thought as gales whip around us as I type!)

It is usually only found in the higher up bits of Scotland (lending credence to it's need for cold) and is considered lucky. Many a bride has a bit of white heather in her bouquet for luck.

I love heather. It is part of my childhood. It was everywhere. I do not see it grow where I live now (Lancashire). So I have a window box full of the stuff. Love it.

Daryl E said...

Oh Katney these are just lovely! Good H's!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Lovely photos for the letter H!!
Have a nice day:)

Katney said...

Paulie, you do know I expect you to come camping with us sometime this summer, don't you? As a volunteer in the park I pass out wildflower leaflets. I also have a wildflower book to look up those that are not on it. And I take pictures of flowers all the time and head back to the Visitors' Center to show them to the Ranger and ask.

RuneE, these are all summer photos. I would have to double check, but I think August for all except possibly the False Hellebore.

crazycath, I have a special fondness for the heather, too. My father-in-law grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. The pink grows in all the meadows and rocky places of Mount Rainier outside the deep forst where it would not have enough light and where, perhaps, the soil is too rich for it. The white is in the highest areas for hiking--above 7000 feet in the tundra.

Andrea said...

Beautiful, all of them are so beautiful.

ellen b said...

How fun to hike and find these lovelies. The shots of flowers growing out of rocks always amazes me and makes me smile. Enjoy!

Petunia said...

Beutiful photos! The flowers on the first picture is called "Bluebell" here in Norway.

leslie said...

Lovely photos of different H plants. My heather is blooming so beautifully right now and I never even thought of using it! :D

Dirty Knees said...

It never ceases to amaze me how many wildflowers you find beginning with each letter! I'm impressed!

DeeMom said...

Beautiful

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful pictures Katney! Those harebells are so delicate.

Liz said...

I love harebells!

mrsnesbitt said...

We have heather on the moors here.
If you serch my blog for Hole of Horecum you will see the Heather at its best...in August here.

imac said...

Really love your H post, reminds me of St Ives in Cornwall.

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

Janet said...

Beautiful nature pics.

Kerri said...

Wonderful H post!! Well Done!

starnitesky said...

The colour of the harebells is a lovely shade, I have some purple heather on my blog.

flyingstars said...

WoW..some very beautifully captured shots!

ancient one said...

Your third picture reminds me of Hosta.

kRiZ cPEc said...

Lovely shots, thanks for sharing.

Peter M said...

A heathland of heathers, great

Lilli & Nevada said...

What beautiful set of flowers. I love the heathers

Neva said...

What lovely flowers.....I am constantly amazed with the gardeners in blogland....I need some lessons!

Kostas said...

Very good the photographs, smell spring!
The god you it blesses!

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful pictures and interesting lessons of botanic.
I have some harebells in my garden ("c" for"Campanules" ...)
Miss Yves