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A showcase of wildflowers

Dear Editor:Thank you, Paul E. Anna, for reminding us that our May paradise is more than just empty parking lots (Aspen Times, May 20). It means wildflowers (though I must admit my first reaction to what we love about May was, like everyone’s, easy parking). But lest you leave your readers with the impression that the wildflowers are just beginning to bloom, true seekers know that they have, in fact, been beguiling us here in the Roaring Fork Valley since the beginning of April, when the first Pasque flowers and assorted borages and mustards made their debut. Indeed, I have counted over 75 species of flowers in the mid- to upper valley this spring, and I’ve undoubtedly missed a number.And while Paul E. Anna rightly lauds the spectacular Castilleja miniata, it is not, thankfully, the only species of paintbrush here in the Roaring Fork Valley. We have at least six, several of which hybridize with each other, creating all shades and stripes of paintbrush that will be gracing the valley floor, the tundra and everything in between throughout the summer. And for those seeking a van Gogh-esque experience, head up Perham Creek Trail up the Crystal in a week – the wild irises will be showcasing.Karin TeagueBasalt

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