|A just past prime Spotted Coralroot or Corallorhiza maculate blooms near the Santa Fe Basin Ski area.|
One of the best things about attending a North American Rock Garden Society meeting? Well, it's hard to tell. It might be the talks by work class rock gardeners and botanists, or it may be all of the amazing inspiring members who attend these annual events. The local expert garden tours are excellent, so inspiring and impressive, as is the incredible plant sale - where some of the rarest and hard to find plants can be had before most ever become available elsewhere - but I have to admit that my favorite part is the botanizing with friends - hiking the trails and subalpine meadows in and around the local, which in this case is the mountains in and around spectacular Santa Fe, New Mexico.
|NARGS members stop and gather at a trail head, before heading into the forest for our first hike at the Annual Meeting of the North American Rock Garden Society in Santa Fe.|
|Allium ceruum, the Nodding Onion blooms in the Sangre de Christo mountains at around 9,000 ft.|
Please don't take this the wrong way, but……well, look - - NARGS members are terribly nice, but I had to feel sorry for our eager, perky National Park Service volunteer - who was hired as a botanical guide. He clearly woke up that day believing that he was going to be leading a quaint, inexperienced retirement group for a light 'flower walk' for the day. No such thing.
Oh, I so wanted to warn him - to give him a heads up, but it was too late." Ok ladies and gents - who can tell me what those tall yellow daisies on the side of the road are?
Don't know? Well, they are called sunflowers!
That's right, sunflowers! ".
|An Acer glabrum, a trifoliate maple looks a bit like poison ivy to me!|
|Common Woordland Pine Drops, Pterospora andromedea on the trail|
|Look! A Gilia flower! We ere excited, that is until we found many more on another mountain ( see below).|
|Common Harebells, or Campanula rotundifolia|
|We were so happy to have found this alpine saxifrage, Saxifraga bronchialis growing on a rock|
at around 9,000 elevation. I had to crawl out onto a ledge to get a photo of it.
|Gentiana calycosa (?) not sure. Please correct me! Image taken at 11,600 ft above the Santa Fe Ski Basin.|
Sorry for the poor quality, my battery pack ran out so I had to use my iPhone.
|The great Panayoti Kelaidis from the Denver Botanic Garden, our hiking buddy, teaching me how to collect seed.|
|Ligularia pudica, a Ligularia with nodding flowers grows in a sub alpine meadow around 12,000 ft.|
|Zigadenus elegans ( or Z. venenosus) the Meadow Deathcamas|
|High above the Santa Fe ski basin, at about 13,000 we could see for over 100 mile. Absolutely incredible.|
|Panayoti from the Denver Botanic Garden and my friends, Bella and Barbara from the Ontario Chapter of NARGS|
check out the roadside for some botanical treats. Below is what we found at about 10,000 feet.
|A close up, or as close as I could get with my iPhone camera of Gilia ipomopsis aggregata|