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After what seemed like a long winter, the wetland is already coming into flower.

and a yellow blossom


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Taken at my friend's ranch near Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.


Sitting down on the grass sprinkled with an array of wild flowers in an old clear cut that supports new growth like willows, hardhack, and young alders, one often finds a curious fellow like this.


And, I might overabundance of mosquitoes!


Clay-coloured Sparrow

Spiraea douglasii


Viaduct Flats, Saanich, BC


This intensely pink flower has to be confusing to bees and butterflies with its hundreds of blossoms and thousands of stamens. Little chance of a potential pollinator getting away with a free lunch here.

golden hardhack (Dasiphora fruticosa)





golden hardhack (Dasiphora fruticosa)





The shallow waters by the little peninsula that extends into the wetland lake.

Hardhack (Spiraea Douglasii), also known as "steeple bush". Native to the Pacific Northwest.




Bradley Lake, Puyallup, WA | July 2009.



The grass hangs in there, but dies back. And the seasonal lake fills up in the fall through the spring.

The lake is stiff mud out to the trees still. The rains haven't started yet, it should be happening soon.

Everything in the wetland is flowering, except for the grasses. The water from the winter is still fairy deep. We won't have any real rain until the fall, the wetland shouldn't dry out this summer.

Howard Co. Conservancy Bio Blitz

Woodstock, Ellicott City Quad, Howard County, MD

12 August 2017

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Violet follicles in a frenzy.


Spiraea douglasii, is a fast-growing, 4-5' deciduous shrub. Its rose flowers grow in lovely clusters and emerge in June-September. This spiraea is native to moist places, usually in forests, below 6000 ft. elevation, from northern California to British Columbia. This plant is very adaptable as grows in sun to part shade, will tolerate a lot of water, but can become somewhat drought tolerant if grown with other plants and in semi-shade.

Red alders seen through hardhack (spirea).

The temperature has been around freezing and below. Getting a snowfall today.

Common Name(s): Douglas Spirea; Pink Spirea; Rose Spirea, Steeplebush, Hardhack.


Scientific Name: Spiraea douglasii. Spiraea comes from the Greek word, speira, which refers to wreaths, or garlands. It is for this reason that species of spirea are often referred to as bridal-wreath shrubs. Douglasii was named after the Scottish botanist David Douglas.

Spiraea tomentosa, native to eastern USA and Canada



Identifier: wildflowerswhere00harr

Title: Wild flowers and where they grow

Year: 1882 (1880s)

Authors: Harris, Amanda Bartlett, 1824- Humphrey, Lizbeth Bullock, b. 1841

Subjects: Botany

Publisher: Boston : D. Lothrop and Company

Contributing Library: The Library of Congress

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by boulders, bossed with gray-green lichens. Here andthere out of the short grass showed ledges, whose fissureswere adorned with mosses in helmet and hood of scarlet; andaround their warm basses ripened the largest checkerberries,and sometimes a few bunches of strawberries, of flavor mostdelectable—the condensed aroma of strawberry was in them. No monotony in that pasture, with its ups and downs, itsslopes and hollows. It was sterile in some parts, luxuriantin others; open, shaded, dry, wet; a warm wood at the east,and a cold one at the north ; home of many wild flowers. And there was one exotic, a sweet briar — the eglantine ofthe poets. It was like a bit of romance to see it there; totouch the leaves and make them give out that bewitchingfragrance; and each June to gather the lovely single roses,whose perfume is the purest attar, and whose petals are sodeftly tipped and tinted with carmine. How it came there noone knew ; but we liked to think that the young wife of the Zp£ ...


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EGLANTINE. THE PASTURE. 83 settler had brought a slip from her home in the old colony,and set it out in the clearing in the wilderness. The pasture had several small bogs where were bulrushesand flags, and the sphagnum moss was so rank that you sankinto it ankle deep. Yellow water lilies grew in two of them,and button-balls, and the cotton-grass, whose airy tufts causedthe places to look in September as if a flurry of snow hadfallen. It had reedy pools between little grassy hummocksskirted with hardhack, and there bloomed the exquisite flowersof the blue flag. And there was a lovely, cool green hollow,which had a season of special beauty when the crimson whorlsof the sheep-laurel (lamb-kill) made it like a rosy festivaltime. A grassy road wound from the pasture bars, by many aturn, away down to the swamp from whence the wintersupply of wood was drawn. Always under the shade of treesand through pleasant places went this sled-path, bordered byberry-spotted banks and knobs of gray granit


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Now that summer's here, some of the spring flowers are gone but a new crop of blossoms is bringing colour along the shores


In this ollection are: Pink Spiraea, Yarrow, St-Johns Wort, Purple Loosestrife, Ornamental Thistle, macro of Buddleja (Butterfly Bush), Hardhack (Spiraea douglasii), and Wild Morning Glory (Convolvulus arvensis)

When the lake is full, the wetland trails are flooded.

Hardhack, or steeplebush. Spiraea douglasii covers the shallow part of the wetland lake. The lake goes out to the trees, and recedes to small pond in the summer. The Spiraea greens up and makes pink flowers, which create the steeples in dormancy.

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After the third big rain storm of the season. Not a flood, but enough to keep everything wet.

As the water level drops I carefully walked in among the steeplebush. Grass and king gentian are growing well in the deep water. The rains have virtually stopped and the lake is getting smaller.

Not too uncommon to see these lovely and unusual flower stalks growing wild in shrubs along the path/trail. No idea what they are.


Update: Thank you "Dragonflydreams88" for the I.D. - Spiraea douglassi, or hardhack. Much appreciated.

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Water of some depth reaches to the hardhack hedge line and beyond. Much is pretty shallow, however the seasonal creek that feeds the lake is flowing. We just had a minor flood. Even with a few days without rain the lake will still deepen.

Most of the vegetation is going dormant. The grasses are looking good, just in time to go to seed.

Hardhack/steeplebush. Setting: darken. Close-up. Focus range: 0.9-3m. Instax vignetting!

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Really tiny elements.

i obviously didn't spend very much time on the alignment of this one but i like the orange beam effect nonetheless.

A rare appearance by the sun in the fall.

The wetland is very healthy and happy still, middle of August this year. After the heavy rains last winter the fall rains will probably fill the lake early, the wetland is still very wet.

The shallower parts of the wetland is dominated by a hedge of hardhack ( the common name ). The green wetland of the spring and summer is fleeting. Nature is wonderful.

We live by a wetland. The heart of the wetland is a wetland lake. The shallow water of the lake is dominated by hardhack also known as steeplebush, scientifically Spiraea douglasii. Hardhack is at home in a very moist environment. In winter months it's dormant, in the summer the lake recedes to a small pond, and the steeplebush greens up, and flowers.

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