Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park July Floral Show

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park July Floral Show

Earth laughs in flowers  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

We are all dressed up in colour at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park this early summer, showing off a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and blues for the July floral show.

First down the walkway is a Shooting Star (Dodecatheon), fresh out of a woodland habitat. You will not find this lady showing off her finery in the prairie meadows. She is shy and sticks to the cover of trees.

Prancing out next is a brilliant Yellow Lady Slipper (Orchid Family Cypripedium parviflorum)

a late spring favourite. Hanging out in a variety of habitats has allowed the late bloomers to make an appearance.

Golden Alexanders (Z. aurea) follow, another sunny specimen, bridge the woodlands with the prairies, prefers wet habitats but can survive dry summers.

The dainty Grandfather’s Beard (Geum triflorum) have made a surprise appearance. Hurrah! We thought they would still be in their early stages but it looks like this one has burst for our show.

Finally we have Wild Delphiniums or Larkspur (Delphinium exaltum). Yes, although rare, botany come in blues too. Unlike its domestic cousin these stately bloomers can withstand the heat of a prairie summer. Bring on the heat at the Ranch!

 

 

 

Canadian prairie wildflower
Golden Alexanders At Glenbow ©heather simonds
Canadian prairie wildflowers
Golden Alexanders At Glenbow ©heather simonds
Canadian prairie wildflower
Golden Alexanders At Glenbow ©heather simonds
Canadian prairie wildflower
Yellow Lady Slippers At Glenbow ©heather simonds

 

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