It’s only been 5 days since my last report, but it’s been a rough week and it looks like I won’t be able to get away over the weekend. While wildflower photography can be more physically demanding than most people would think, I find it a great way to get away from stress for a while, so I took a few hours for a visit – it was great. Among the new flowers beginning to bloom in the past 5 days are the prettiest of the Fleabanes we have in this area – Robin’s Plantain.
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More new ones seen on this trip:
- A few Wild Geranium – Geranium maculatum - just beginning.
- The Wild Blue Phlox – Phlox divaricata – are beginning to bloom – a few down along the boardwalk, and quite a few along the horse trail.
- Several Purple Phacelia – Phacelia bipinnatifida – are blooming along the trail past the end of the boardwalk, and several along the horse trail (OK, there was one blooming last week, too.)
- The eagerly awaited Eastern Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis – were blooming above the Phacelia shown above.
- There are Plantain-leaf Pussytoes blooming along the rim above the falls.
- Wild Garlic is blooming on the edges of the field above the falls.
- Added 03/30 – We found several Yellow Mandarin blooming next to the boardwalk partially obscured by the handrail at the last curve in the walk.
And the rest of the list I saw blooming today, which we’ve seen earlier this year:
- Virginia Bluebells are probably at their peak.
- Wood Poppies are also about their peak.
- Heartleaf Foamflower are looking great.
- Blue Cohosh are starting to bloom.
- A few Hepatica are still hanging in there, but they are getting close to being only a memory of spring.
- Rue Anemoneare replacing those missing Hepatica.
- Cutleaf Toothwort are still around, but more are past their bloom than are still blooming.
- Carolina Spring Beauties are still blooming quite profusely.
- Star Chickweed continue to be profuse.
- Violets are coming into their own, including Canada Violets, Viola sororia, Viola rostrata, Viola bicolor, and Viola pubescens. The Long-spurred Violets are magnificent right now.
- The Trailing Trillium are everywhere, most blooming.
- There are many Toadshade Trilliums starting form their flower buds, some with maroon starting to show up between their sepals.
- Many Bent White Trilliums with flower buds, many already bent over, and several almost completely opened.
- Bloodroot are nearly gone! While I did not see a single one blooming last week, there were three or four I spotted this week; only one in the boardwalk area.
- Bellwort are profuse.
- A couple of Phacelia are blooming along the trail to the falls, and there are some great displays on the bluffs along the horse trail.
- Several Bishop’s Cap – Mitella diphylla – blooming along the trail to the falls.
- Sedum ternatum are starting to bloom, although you’ve got to be watchful to find any fully open blossoms.
- There are still a lot of Trout Lilies blooming, but especially in the area north of the parking lot.
- Cumberland Spurge are probably at peak, if you can call a peak on their understated blooming.
- A Virginia Pennywort – Obolaria virginica is still blooming near the bottom of the horse trail.
- Take a look at the Luna Moth I saw on a tree in The Pocket.