It’s been a very busy two weeks, but we made it down to The Pocket today; unfortunately only the boardwalk. The spectacular show is definitely winding down, but there is still plenty to see. Among the flowers now at peak are the Wild Hyacinth – Camassia scilloides.
Other wildflowers that I observed blooming at The Pocket today are listed below. Remember I only went on the boardwalk; I’m sure the list would have been bigger if I’d gone up to the falls or to other areas in The Pocket. Note – In the two weeks I’ve been away I completely missed the White Baneberry blooming. Their “doll’s eyes” seeds are starting to form.
- Wild Geranium are at peak – Geranium maculatum
- The Wild Blue Phlox – Phlox divaricata – are probably at peak.
- Purple Phacelia – Phacelia bipinnatifida – are profuse but in decline.
- Wild Garlic is blooming in many places.
- Virginia Bluebells are almost entirely gone. I think we saw one plant still with blossoms.
- Wood Poppies are also almost gone, but there are still a few blooming.
- Heartleaf Foamflower are still easy to find, but in decline.
- Rue Anemone – we saw only one blooming.
- Still a large number of violets, especially Canada Violets.
- Trailing Trillium are still hanging in there.
- Toadshade Trilliums starting to decline, I think.
- Bent White Trilliums are past peak, but good specimens can still be found.
- False Solomon’s Seal – Maianthemum racemosum – are starting to bloom.
- Squawroot – Conopholis americana
- Violet Wood Sorrel – Oxalis violacea
- Sweet Anise – Osmorhiza longistylis
- Jack-in-the-pulpit – Arisaema triphyllum (wife is always excited when these show up.)