Truckee Flora - what does that mean? Flora is a term that is defined as: the plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole.
So...in other words, what grows in Truckee?
Photo: Flowers outside of Moody's Bistro & Lounge (inside the Truckee Hotel)
I had always enjoyed gardening before I moved to Truckee, but Truckee was where I really fell in love with gardening. For one thing, Truckee summers are not super blazing hot, and so working out in the garden was always an enjoyable thing to do in the summer.
What I loved most about gardening in Truckee was that everything is so natural! It is not a town where every yard is fenced with a formal fancy yard with lawn and formal flowerbeds. With all of the pine trees and rocks around, people can get away with just throwing some plants and bulbs in the ground. And it all looks gorgeous to me!
One of my favorite flowers that grows awesome in Truckee is Lupines. You can see them growing in yards in spring and early summer and are a common wildflower that you can see. The picture below is of some lupines that I found along a bike path in Tahoe City over at Lake Tahoe.
Wildflowers can be seen growing everywhere in the Truckee area. One of the best ways to see them, is to go on an organized hike in Truckee, Squaw Valley, or at Lake Tahoe. A fun day is taking the cable car up to High Camp at Squaw Valley and just walking around on the hiking trails where you can see wildflowers growing. Your dog(s) can ride up on the cable car with you to go hiking which is awesome! or Pawsome in Dog Speak!
Wildflowers growing at High Camp, Squaw Valley
Some of the most popular wildflowers that grow in the area are Mule Ears (the yellow flowers pictured above), Lupine, Buckwheat, Penstemon, Indian Paintbrush, and Mountain Elderberry.
This video was done by Lake Tahoe Weather, and is named "Lake Tahoe Wildflowers - Part 1"....it shows some of the common Wildflowers and Trees that grow in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area.
Here are a few things that I learned about gardening in Truckee:
Some of the most common trees found in the area are the California Red Fir, Jeffrey & Ponderosa Pines, White Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Sierra Juniper, and the Mountain Hemlock.
Since Truckee is in the Sierra Nevada there are trees everywhere. I loved the snow in Truckee right after it stopped and before the snow had a chance to fall off of the tree branches....it is just breathtaking!
As I've been wandering around the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area taking pictures, I've been finding some trees that just have these amazing tree roots. By far, the best one I found so far was hiking down the Vikingsholm Trail at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. I featured it on my Vikingsholm Trail page.
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This is a bistro table, two chairs, lantern, and flower pot that I bought at The Rock Garden, in Truckee, California.