The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 3/16/2015 – Game On!!

Today (3/16) was beautiful – clear skies and about 70 degrees by noon. The weather had been pretty warm for several days, with a lot of rain showers over those several days, so I was hopeful that things would have picked up a bit from my last report on 3/7. And had it! Of the 53 species on my current version of my wildflower checklist for The Pocket, we (my wife, a lovely homeschool group we met up with, and I) found 13 blooming right now.

Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis

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First, the list of what is STILL blooming from my report of 3/7 –

  • Harbinger of Spring (Erigenia bulbosa) – Still a little bit here and there, but rapidly waning. Who comes in March to see Harbinger of Spring anyway?
  • Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis) – Beautiful, at peak. Some plants are starting to show this year’s leaves.
  • Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) – At peak, soon to be past peak.
  • Carolina Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) – The one plant blooming 9 days ago has given way to the masses of them. Plentiful, beautiful, everywhere.

What has started blooming since the report of 3/9/2015:

  • Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) – Just starting, only a couple blossoms fully developed.

    Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

    Dutchman’s Breeches – Dicentra cucullaria

  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) – These beauties appear to be about peak. Plentiful along the boardwalk and trail to the falls; there is a cascade of them falling off the Pocket Loop Trail down the hillside about halfway between the parking area and the top of the falls.
  • Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) – A few of these are blooming here and there.
  • Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) – A few are blooming near the end of the boardwalk loop, and then several more on the way out to the end of the boardwalk. But they are plentiful as you near the falls along the falls trail.

    Trout Lily, Yellow Dogtooth Violet, Yellow Adder's Tongue, Yellow Trout-Lily - Erythronium americanum

    Trout Lily – Erythronium americanum

  • Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens, I think) – Found 1 blooming.
  • Canada Violet (Viola canadensis) – Found a single plant blooming along the trail to the falls.
  • Long-spurred Violet (Viola rostrata) – These are still not at peak, but quite a few are blooming along the Pocket Loop Trail.

    Long-spurred violet - Viola rostrata

    Long-spurred violet – Viola rostrata

  • Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) – Quite a few blooming this trip; I expected them last time.
  • Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) – These small trees are showing their yellow blossoms now. Not quite peak.

Showing buds, so should be blooming soon:

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3 thoughts on “The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 3/16/2015 – Game On!!

  1. John Robinson

    I just have to say thanks very much for your posts! And for your fine photography! I hope to photograph the three trilliums on 4/5, but I know that all depends on the weather. I’ll be checking this site.
    It has been several years since I tried to drive to the Pocket, and back then, the road was not suitable for a low clearance vehicle. Has that changed?

    1. Gerry Post author

      John – The road is in pretty good shape compared to several years ago. There are a number of relatively small, shallow potholes (at least as of a few days ago that was the case) but these can be handled by most normal vehicles by slow, careful driving. I normally go in my Subaru, but on the most recent trip we were in my wife’s van, which has a low-clearance trailer hitch that drags frequently entering/exiting driveways, and we didn’t drag at all on the Pocket Road. If you’re in a low-rider, that’s another story…
      – gcw


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