As I cross the finish line today, the plants that inspired these 30 days of mosaics form a collection. To me it looks like home.
In this final set are two of my favorite broadleaf trees, Red Alder and Bigleaf Maple. When I was a kid, fall was celebrated by leaping into the pile of yellow leaves under that giant maple tree in our backyard.
There are the extravagant blooms of Western azalea that perfume the spring air, the late-summer fruits of evergreen huckleberry, and the tinsel-like strands of coast silktassel that appear in late winter.
And like the redwoods of California, our evergreen conifers define the Northwest landscape. Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Sitka spruce complete this collection of native plants.