Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's Lamb's Tongue Showtime

How's this for one amazing looking Lamb's Tongue? This huge plant is growing up on the bank by the house, nestled just next to a young Doug Fir Tree. I have watched it for at least the last 3 years and covered it with a cage so that the deer couldn't eat it. Each year it has rewarded me with an increasingly larger specimen. Last year I was pleased because it had two blooms on one stem. But his year - WOW! A triple bloom on a stem the size of a pencil. As you can see below, the blooms on this plant are just at peak perfection right now.

The best display of Lamb's tongues in our area is about 1/2 a mile away in a neighbors front yard. There they are colonized and have happily spread in a semi-shaded area.

It is literally plant after plant after plant sprung up from the earth.

We have a much smaller version of this show, down the secret path, next to the creek. Here in the dense shade we have a nice little section with 20-30 plants blooming right now. Lamb's Tongue are truly one of the joys of Spring in this part of Oregon.

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