Spring Has Sprung, the Flower Show has Started.


Two years of plentiful moisture and a gently-warming spring means that the wild flowers OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAare exploding. Right now, in the foothills west of the Denver-Boulder area, wild American plums are producing a blizzard of fragrant white blossoms. In some places, it is like walking down a corridor lined with flowers.

Plums, like apples, cherries and raspberries, are in the rose family. Clues include five OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAshowy petals, and many stamens (the hair-like structures in the center) coming off a central ring. And like roses, these wild plums have a noticeable fragrance. In the fall, if the moisture continues, these plants will be loaded with plums.

But today, just enjoy the sights and scents.

About coloradogeography

Amy Law is a second-generation Coloradoan with a passion for her native state. This translated into a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and continues as a lifelong fascination with how people and nature interact. From family vacations in the station wagon to travel for work, she's covered the state, and everywhere she goes, she finds new things to see and ideas to explore.
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