Come check out the Bloom Fest in person, or take a tour through the pictures below. Leave a comment with your vote for your favorite plant!
Start here at the entrance:
Looking ahead, you can see some of the color showing up already.
And if you look just behind you, you'll find a fun little clematis in bloom:
|Rock Clematis (Clematis columbiana)|
Take a few steps forward, and you've already run into a batch of blooms:
|A collection of blooms, including Devil's Gate Twinpod (white; Physaria eburniflora), Sharpleaf Twinpod (yellow; Physaria acutifolia), and the Mountain Ball Cactus (pink; Pediocactus simpsonii).|
The Twinpods we've covered before in a previous blog, but the cactus is a new one. Take a look at the close-up of the flower - gorgeous!
|Mountain Ball Cactus (Pediocactus simpsonii)|
A little further up the path and to the left, you'll find that the one hold-out of the Fewseed Draba is still in bloom.
|Fewseed Draba (Draba oligosperma)|
Moving into the foothills, next on the tour is the Dwarf Pussytoes, this compact plant with a sweet white flower.
|Dwarf Pussytoes (Antennaria parviflora)|
A little further up the path, closing in on the alpine section, we have Prairie Smoke (a personal favorite).
|Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)|
Here's a closer picture of the plant and flower:
Finally, in the alpine section, we have Dwarf Phlox and the tiny little Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine (not to be mistaken for the larger, showier, much more common Colorado Blue Columbine).
|Dwarf Phlox (Phlox condensata)|
|Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine (Aquilegia saximontana)|
And with that, you've arrived at the end of the path with the pleasure of turning around and heading back the other direction!
Written by Brenna Marsicek, UW Biodiversity Institute