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What’s Blooming – May 11 2010

It’s dusty out there, really really dusty.  The wind is howling and stuff is bloomin. Lupinus ammophilus, Delphinium nuttallianum, Arnica cordifolia, Mertensia fusiformis and a few others (see picture gallery) are putting on a nice show.  I see the first bits of the big white flowered spring show coming on, but we’ll save that for next week.  Enjoy the pictures, and please, come check out our facebook group and post pictures of your own of plants you have identified or WANT identified.

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You’ve heard the names, Fendlera rupicola, Berberis fendleri, Ceanothus fendleri, The list goes on and on.  Ever wonder about the guy whose name was attached to these plants?  I do, and surprisingly, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.  Perish the thought!  Augustus Fendler was a German born botanist and plant collector.   Well I know he died in 1883, and I know he was a physics buff (the only book I could find of his available for purchase is Mechanism Of The Universe And Its Primary Effort-Exerting Powers) And well.. that’s about it.. Anyone have a good story about him?  Bring it on!

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It’s been a dry spring so far, and windy as the dickens with dust blowing.  What I’ve noticed blooming this week, and of course, that isnt’ all that’s blooming…  Mahonia repans is really putting on a show in shady spots while Physaria is putting on a show on the rocky hillsides.  Some of the dryland Delphinium (the lil ones) are poppin up in the Dry Fork Trail area and they’re gorgeous this year!  That pesky yellow flower on the top of the ridge is blooming as well, but I haven’t reliably identified it yet, but I am pretty sure it is some flavor of Arnica.  Since it’s blooming now, I’ll take a hike up there with the plant book and start counting stamen.

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Just when I thought I was keeping up on too many blogs, here’s another one.  This is all tied up with the Durangoplants.com website as well as the Durango Plants facebook page.  I’ll be ranting on about what’s blooming, what’s not blooming, and various other native plant nonsense.  Check out http://www.durangoplants.com to search for info!

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