Posted by: atowhee | April 26, 2011


Despite continued cold nights, gray and drizzly days, spring insists on pretending to happen.  And in the world of the chlorohyllic, blooms happen.


Purple-eyed grass.

This is a Menzies larkspur, Delphinium menziesii.  Out of focus.

Which brings me to a story.  Archiblad Menzies was a botanist on the British expedition led by Capt. George Vancouver.  You’ve seen the captain’s name lying around on maps of North America.  Their voyage to North America was a follow-up to the three Capt. Cook voyages.  Vancouver  came along the coast from Mexico to Alaska in the 1790s.  A decade before Lewis & Clark walked across the continent.  Thus Menzies, collecting specimens at every stop, made many first-time discoveries of plants and animals for European science, and has many namesakes. Both the Douglas-fir and the beloved madrone have Menzies commemorated in their Latin binomial.

A rare meadowfoam species found only on Table Rocks in northern Jackson County, OR.

Blue-eyed Marys and buttercups.  Two different views.

Final image: a tall, elegant fritilleria.

Flowers around that I don’t show here: hound’s tongue, manzanita, wedgeleaf ceanothus with its soft, creamy flower clusters, miner’s lettuce, bleeding heart, henbit (an English weed), shooting star, Henderson’s fawn lily.


  1. Love the Towhee Blogs.
    Thanks for sharing……

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