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forgetmenotlarge Wild Flowers of the Forest Lovely Forget-Me-Nots. Not really wild, but still pretty and dainty volunteers.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to get out into the nearby forest, where I discovered an amazing array of wild flowers peeking out of the rich, damp earth. Since then it’s rained, rained, and rained, so I feel especially lucky that I found this flowery cornucopia when I did.
bulbplantnumber2 Wild Flowers of the ForestMystery bulb plant. I await the bloom with enthusiasm.
redwoodsorrelpink Wild Flowers of the Forest Redwood Sorrel or Oregon Oxalis (Oxalis oregana).
One of my New Year’s goals was to learn about native flowers in my Northern California habitat, as well as to experiment with macro shots of flowers for inclusion in the curated county fair Photography Exhibit — in past years I’ve had 3 photos accepted, but so far no ribbons :-(. So this discovery practically in my own backyard provided the perfect opportunity to start my study and practice my photo-taking. There are lots more photos after the jump!

pinktrilliumlarge Wild Flowers of the Forest The three-leaved trillium in full bloom. Abundant in redwood forests, lucky for us!

trillium3leaves Wild Flowers of the Forest redplantsmall Wild Flowers of the Forest

Trillium without a bloom and a mystery red-leafed plant.
whitetrillium Wild Flowers of the ForestTrillium with a white bloom. I’ve heard that when the flower is white it’s an old bloom. Can anyone confirm?
wildorchidduo Wild Flowers of the Forest A fantastic duo of wild orchids.
I haven’t had time to identify all of the flowers, but I’m confident some readers out there will be able to offer up the Latin and/or garden-variety names. Please post any pertinent info you have in the Comments. And I’m hoping to post an update once the mysterious bulb plants bloom and I snap a closeup shot.
Next week I’ll write about a bunch of cheap and easy gardening tricks that can help you get your yard really blooming in no time. Happy Spring!
yellowpoppy Wild Flowers of the ForestSome kind of yellow violet, maybe downy or round-leaved?

rarebrownorchid Wild Flowers of the Forest fernbud Wild Flowers of the Forest

A rare (or so I’ve been told) brown orchid, and an emerging fern frond.
wildstrawberry Wild Flowers of the Forest Wild strawberry. I think these are non-fruit-bearing.
minerslettuce Wild Flowers of the Forest Miner’s Lettuce, totally edible and yummy!
trillium2pink Wild Flowers of the ForestAnother pink trillium.


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