Littleleaf Buttercup, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/27/2012.) Scientific name is Ranunculus abortivus. Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on March 2, 2012. It is also known by the common name Littleleaf Crowfoot. Go to the Littleleaf Buttercup detail page for more photos and information.
Burgess Falls State Park is a gem that my wife and I discovered on our way to a family reunion at a house on Center Hill Lake near Cookeville Tennessee. We visited the park on Saturday, March 24, and Monday, March 26.
American Plum, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/20/2012.) Scientific name is Prunus americana. Photo below was taken along Rocky Lane on Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA, on April 2, 2011. It is also known by the common name Wild Plum. Go to the American Plum detail page for more photos and information.
Wood Vetch, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/20/2012.) Scientific name is Vicia caroliniana. Photo below was taken along Rocky Lane on Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA, on March 18, 2012. It is also known by the common names Carolina Vetch and Pale Vetch. Go to the Wood Vetch detail page for more photos and information.
I wasn’t planning on going down to The Pocket this weekend, but my wife had other plans for Sunday, so she suggested that I do something to take advantage of the beautiful day, so I headed down there shortly after getting home from church. In addition to walking the boardwalk and the trail up to the falls, I did a little back country walking above the bluff north of the horse trail. Wildflowers are abundant; here is my report, and a couple of photos taken off the beaten path in The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain.
The Phacelia are blooming. There is a Phacelia in the field to the right as you walk down to the boardwalk; they are blooming along the boardwalk and all the way up to the falls. The photo above was taken up on the top of the north bluff.
On our trip down to The Pocket last weekend, the Columbine plants I saw were only a few inches high with some of their early leaves – no flower buds yet forming. The plant we got at last year’s Native Plant Sale at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center ( @NatureCenter on Twitter), however, is starting to bloom. This picture is from today.