Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 03/29/2013

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.

Robin's Plantain - Erigeron pulchellus

Robin’s Plantain – Erigeron pulchellus

Read on for the rest of the list, and a few more photos.  Click on the photos for larger images, and then “back” to return to this page.

More new ones seen on this trip:

Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium – Geranium maculatum

  • The Wild Blue Phlox – Phlox divaricata – are beginning to bloom – a few down along the boardwalk, and quite a few along the horse trail.
Wild Blue Phlox - Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox – Phlox divaricata

  • 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.)
Purple Phacelia, Fernleaf Phacelia - Phacelia bipinnatifida

Purple Phacelia, Fernleaf Phacelia – Phacelia bipinnatifida

  • The eagerly awaited Eastern Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis – were blooming above the Phacelia shown above.
Eastern Red Columbine, Wild Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis

Eastern Red Columbine, Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis

  • 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:

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2 thoughts on “Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 03/29/2013

  1. Elizabeth Fox

    Gerry, I stopped you in the parking area at The Pocket March 29 and asked if you were the “resident expert.” In spite of your modesty, come to find out you WERE! I have been enjoying your website for the past several years and have used it to help me decide when to make the long trip from Atlanta. I was not disappointed this weekend (although I hated that the bent trillium and large-flowered trillium were not yet open). I am also sorry I didn’t see the luna moth, the wild garlic, or the Cumberland spurge, but was delighted that I think I caught everything else you mentioned (including the pennywort!). Thanks for taking the time to create such a wonderful resource.
    Liz

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