A co-worker picked flowers she saw growing along the road yesterday, and brought the bouquet into work today. She was wondering about the identities of some of the flowers, and soon a small crowd had gathered to discuss which flowers we knew and which ones we didn't.
There were a few I didn't know, and of course I can't leave those sorts of questions unanswered - those are the types of challenges I thrive on! So over lunch I poured over my flower books and figured them out. Here's a photo labeling all the different species in case there's one you wanted to know, too! (Click to see a larger view.)
The one I was especially intrigued by isn't featured very well in the photo - purpleleaf sand cherry. It's a hybrid ornamental shrub rather than a wildflower, but it's so pretty! I can't really find a picture that does it justice for the way it looked today, with little buds like little pink ornaments on stalks surrounding the clusters of flowers. Click here to see a photo that gets pretty close.