Somewhat surprisingly, we have had a wet spring in Colorado Springs. Living in a state suffering from drought for the last decades, repeated episodes of late snow and rain have been very welcome. Of note, while the foothills of the Rockies as well as plains have benefitted, the western third of the state, also known as the Western Slope, continues to thirst for moisture. On a map that monitors drought conditions (and that is updated each Thursday), that particular area of Colorado shows the sinister, somber colors associated with severe, extreme, and even exceptional drought.
Someone more qualified could elaborate on water woes in the American West, but the point I wanted to make today: We had a wetter and cooler spring than in previous years. Which has resulted not only in unusually green expanses of lawns (and weeds), but also in the delayed blossoming of our wildflowers.
While I have, somewhat incredulously, admired the images of stretches of multi-hued wildflowers shared by fellow bloggers from other states and countries, my own May sightings have been more sparse: A single patch of purple pasque flowers in the foothills, which I usually see earlier and more regularly; a lovely display of fragrant Sand Lily on the plains; a few wet-loving marsh marigolds along a creek; an unexpected blooming cactus shortly after a snowmelt at nearly 8,000 feet; and only this last week small but spreading spans of exquisite evening primroses and of striking scarlet globemallows at Chico Basin Ranch, one of my favorite birding destinations.
I hope you will enjoy my modest bouquet of spring wildflowers from Colorado Springs and places nearby. May isn’t quite over yet, and I look forward to future floral finds, both of native as well as cultivated plants, as people’s gardens are also beginning to look more colorful.
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