Many of these flowers were found while camping last weekend. A few are annuals, which still have urges to bloom on!
I found some Northern Pacific lore about Douglas firs that I thought was cute, informative and gives me a mnemonic device to remember these trees.
Back when the animals and plants spoke to one another, there was a great fire in the forest. A mouse realized he was not going to make it to safety with his little legs and asked the maple if he could climb into his crown to escape the flames. The maple told the mouse he wouldn’t survive the fire either, so the mouse ran on to the birch and got the same response. Feeling the flames at his tail, he happened upon the Douglas fir and asked the same question to which he got a different reply. Yes, little mouse, my thick bark will save us, run up my trunk and hide within my cones. Many mice ran up the great fir and escaped the fire. Do you see the little back legs and tail of the mice? Cute, eh?
Thanks for visiting & keep on planting!