Yellow and Blue – Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, 03/24/2013

It was a cloudy and dreary day today, following a lot of rain yesterday and last night, but Cindy and I made a quick run down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain again today to keep from being cooped up in the house another day.  We were glad we did – the yellow and blue are out – Bluebells and Wood Poppies are blooming!

Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells – Mertensia virginica

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  • Virginia Bluebells are blooming profusely, nearing peak, as shown above.
  • Wood Poppies are blooming, although the numbers aren’t like they were before the landslide a couple of years back.
Wood Poppy, Celandine Poppy - Stylophorum diphyllum

Wood Poppy, Celandine Poppy – Stylophorum diphyllum

Heartleaf Foamflower, False Miterwort - Tiarella cordifolia

Heartleaf Foamflower, False Miterwort – Tiarella cordifolia

  •  Blue Cohosh are starting to bloom.  While most plants still only have buds, there were a number with open blossoms.
  • A few Hepatica are still hanging in there, but they are no longer the predominant white flower.
  • Rue Anemone are replacing those missing Hepatica.
Rue Anemone - Thalictrum thalictroides

Rue Anemone – Thalictrum thalictroides

Trailing Trillium - Trillium decumbens

Trailing Trillium – Trillium decumbens

 

  • There are many Toadshade Trilliums starting form their flower buds.
  • Many Bent White Trilliums with flower buds, many already bent over, and one almost completely opened.
  • Bloodroot are gone!  I did not see a single one blooming.
  • Spicebush blooms are almost gone.
  • There were a many Bellwort blooming.
  • A couple of Phacelia are blooming along the trail to the falls. Probably more along the horse trail.
  • Several Bishop’s Cap – Mitella diphylla – blooming along the trail to the falls.
  • Sedum ternatum are about to bloom in a number of areas – we didn’t check the horse trail this week.
  • I was surprised that there were fewer Trout Lilies this week than last.
  • We spotted a Cumberland Spurge along the horse trail last week; did not get up there this week.
  • Last week near the bottom of the horsetrail was a Virginia Pennywort – Obolaria virginica.  It is probably still blooming.

Oh, and did I mention that it had been raining for a couple of days?  Check out the waterfalls:

Waterfalls in The Pocket

Waterfalls in The Pocket

 

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