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.

Published by Amy Law

Amy Law is a science geek. She feels about science the way some people feel about music, or art, or sports – a total and complete emotional connection. She thinks in science. For Amy, there’s nothing better than helping people see the beauty of science as she does. She loves to untangle a complicated subject into its parts, explaining it so that anybody can understand what’s happening. Let her show you her world...

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