A hunny of a bunnery
|Bunnery near Cody|
I'm not sure who coined the word "bunnery" to describe those special places in the West where a ridge or slope harbors a concentration of choice, miniature gems--many of them cushion plants. Rupert Barneby refered to these as "pseudo-alpine" fellfields--and interestingly enough, many dryland bunneries also harbor bona fide alpines that reappear far below their usual alititudinal limits. Most such bunneries are unprotected--on public lands that could be bulldozed for oil or gas exploration, or other whims of "progress". This one is on the private acreage belonging to the St. Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center in Cody, Wyoming (tucked almost out of site at the bottom of this ridge). I believe it is quite secure as a consequence.
|Eriogonum pauciflorum--slightly pinkish clone|
|From a distance the bunnery can look stark|
But as you look closer all sorts of wonderful tiny plants are encrusted therein! Any help on the composite? (Yes, I know, it's a DYC--but I happen to like them).
More dramatic slopes encrusted with steppe gems...
|Stenotus acaulis, cunningly placed.|
|Eriogonum ovalifolium (different subspecies)|
|Rocks and plants in combos everywhere|
|Retreat Center in the distance|
|A bevy of wildflowers|
|Eriogonum ovalifolium in a crevice this time...|
|Very spiny Opuntia polyacantha|
|Tetraneuris acaulis with E. ovalifolium|
|Different views of the retreat center at every bend, with Stenotus in foreground|
|A wild rock garden|
|Retreat Center from the hillside|
I wish I knew which fescue this is--it would be a very interesting addition to a dryland garden...
|Labyrinth at the Retreat Center|
|Opuntia polyacantha with different colored blossom buds|
|Caryl Shields and a cairn|
Caryl is a Colorado gardener and naturalist- we have visited some great places together in recent years.. We were joined by John Brink...another fine rock gardener and old friend.
|Expansive views of the steppe--misty with forest fire smoke from Idaho|
|Opuntia polyacantha with two blooms closing in the late afternoon|
|Another view of the ridge towards the Retreat Center|
|Silhoette statue of Christ bearing a cross|
|Shadow of sculpture|
|Restful gardens in the Retreat center|
|Jay and Connie Moody|
|Golden columbines (Aquilegia chrysantha)|
|Shady back garden|
|Spent Inky Cap mushroom|
|Peony in late June|
|Colorful corner in the back yard|
|And a portable container garden.|