Showy Jacob’s Ladder, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/28/2014.) Scientific name is Polemonium pulcherrimum. It is also known as Skunky Polemonium, Skunkleaf Polemonium, and Showy Polemonium. Photo below was taken in Custer County, ID on June 13, 2010. Go to the Showy Jacob’s Ladder detail page for more photos and information.
Eight warm days after my last trip by The Pocket I expected more. I thought I’d see Harbinger of Spring, Hepatica, and Toothwort blooming, and possibly a few other early bloomers – maybe some Chickweed and Spring Beauties. Well, I guess as far as expectations are concerned two out of three ain’t bad, as the saying goes. Harbinger of Spring and Hepatica were all that was blooming; very similar to Feb 4 last year, so it looks like we’re nearly 3 weeks behind last year’s early bloom. I did get to spend some quality time with a few Hepatica. Start planning your trip to The Pocket – remember it is now a fee area.
Check out what else I saw:
Wow! If you like Trout Lilies (what’s not to like about Trout Lilies?) then… Wow! Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is home to the densest population of Trout Lilies in the world. Arrive there at peak bloom – usually early February, but with the cold late winter we’ve had in the southeast, mid-February this year – and you too will be amazed at the carpet of yellow blossoms in a 40 acre patch of forest along the slopes down to Wolf Creek in Grady County, Georgia.
But there’s more…
We’ve had a pretty harsh winter, with two significant snow storms and a stretch of extremely cold weather (for North Georgia, anyway), so I was not expecting much action at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in mid-February, but it was a beautiful day and I wanted an excuse to get out, so my wife and I headed down to The Pocket after lunch. It was pretty much as expected – signs of coming spring, but no floral action, even though this is almost 2 weeks later than the first flowers I found last year. The falls was pretty, though, and worth the walk:
Following are a few photos of the “signs of spring:”
The weathermen missed the January event – it snowed and iced a lot further north than they expected. They hedged their bets on this one – the governor of Georgia even declared an emergency before the first snowflake fell. But one thing is assured – when it snows, the birds will make a visit to our yard because my wife keeps the feeder full. Here are a few images from some of the birds that were about while I made my foray into the snow.