Five days ago I said “a couple more weeks” for the columbine. Down by the creek they are just getting close; one plant is real close to opening up its bloom. But up above the falls on a rock that gets sun most of the day, there was a single columbine blossom adorning that rock. There were a few other surprises along the way.
First, the other surprises -
- Jack in the Pulpit – Cindy and I have been watching a couple of Jacks
- * Mandarin – As I was returning along the boardwalk, a glance to the left revealed a yellow mandarin plant in the early stages of blossoming.
Here’s a list of the wildflower status:
- Bellwort: Many large-flowered bellwort are blooming.
- Bloodroot: I believe it to be time to call it an end of the bloodroot season in The Pocket.
- Blue cohosh: Blooming. Let’s call it a peak.
- Blue phlox: These are close to peak.
- Chickweed: Blooming profusely.
- Columbine: A couple of plants with a blossom only a day or two away along the creek. See intro to this article.
- Dutchman’s breeches: Boy was I wrong when I said it would probably be blooming for a couple more weeks. Very few blossoms left along the boardwalk.
- Foamflower: Many nice bunches along the creek.
- Hepatica: Blossoms are decreasing, becoming difficult to find.
- * Hyacinth: Wild hyacinth are budding; blossoms will start showing up soon.
- Iris leaves are showing up along the slope from the horse trail down to the creek. Didn’t find any buds.
- Miterwort (Bishop’s cap): Several plants along the creek.
- Purple phacelia: Near peak; beautiful.
- Rue anemone: Continue to be numerous.
- Solomon’s seal: Many with little buds starting on them.
- Spring Beauty: Still many of them around.
- Toadshade / Sweet Betsy: I believe these are different species of trillium, but very similar. Some of both are blooming.
- Toothworts: Waning, few with blossoms remaining.
- Trailing trillium: At peak, beautiful.
- Trout lily: I was shocked. I did not notice a single blossom.
- Virginia bluebell: Numerous; near peak.
- Wild geranium: Numerous everywhere.
- Wood (celandine) poppy: Numerous, near peak.
- Canada violets: Everywhere.
- Common blue violet: Common in quantity, but uncommonly beautiful.
- Downy yellow violet: Hundreds of them.
- Long-spurred violets: Quite numerous along the horse trail and creek.
* First identification of the plant this season.