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!
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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.
- Heartleaf Foamflower are beginning to bloom.
- 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.
- Cutleaf Toothwort are still around, but declining.
- Carolina Spring Beauties are blooming quite profusely, although they were mostly closed today due to the overcast.
- Star Chickweed are profuse.
- Violets are coming into their own, including Canada Violets, Viola sororia, Viola rostrata, Viola bicolor, and Viola pubescens.
- The Trailing Trillium are everywhere, many blooming.
- 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: