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Wildflowers at The Pocket 03/11/2012

Purple Phacelia, Fernleaf Phacelia - Phacelia bipinnatifida

Purple Phacelia, Fernleaf Phacelia – Phacelia bipinnatifida

I wasn’t planning on going down to The Pocket this weekend, but my wife had other plans for Sunday, so she suggested that I do something to take advantage of the beautiful day, so I headed down there shortly after getting home from church.  In addition to walking the boardwalk and the trail up to the falls, I did a little back country walking above the bluff north of the horse trail.  Wildflowers are abundant; here is my report, and a couple of photos taken off the beaten path in The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain.

The Phacelia are blooming.  There is a Phacelia in the field to the right as you walk down to the boardwalk; they are blooming along the boardwalk and all the way up to the falls.  The photo above was taken up on the top of the north bluff.

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An Early Spring at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain

This is Leap Day.  For this once-every-four-years day, I thought that rather than the normal Native Plant of the Day (#NPOD on Twitter) I’d post a few native plants from and a report on the early spring status of the wildflowers at one of Georgia’s premier wildflower locations, The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain.  As things worked out, Feb 27 was the day available to make the short trek down to that part of Walker County.

It was a beautiful day.  When my wife and I headed down to The Pocket on Monday, Feb 27, 2012, we considered both the beautiful day and the time we were able to spend together a blessing from God.  We also expected to find wildflowers, since we’ve had very little real winter and quite a warm February. However, we had no idea!

Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain

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The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 2011 – Game On! #wildflowers

What a difference a few weeks with some warm weather makes!  On Feb 13 we made a trip to The Pocket and there was still a little snow on the ground and no sign even of Harbinger of Spring.  I made a quick trip down to The Pocket this morning to check on the status, and the wildflower season has begun!  Read on…

Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Hepatica nobilis

Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Hepatica nobilis

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04/01/2010 The Pocket Status Update

In summary: This will be a good weekend at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, especially since tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and warm, as was today. 

Aquilegia canadensis - Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis - Columbine from 04/01/2010

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03/27/2010 The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain with GA Botanical Society

On Saturday I participated in the Georgia Botanical Society outing to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, led by Mike Christison.  I’m a new member of the BotSoc, as they call it, and this membership in this organization is already paying dividends in many ways.  In addition to showing me two more wildflowers sites on Pigeon Mountain, I picked up two new species at The Pocket.  One of those was the Roundleaf Yellow Violet.

Roundleaf Yellow Violet - Viola rotundifolia

Roundleaf Yellow Violet

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03/13/2010 The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain – Bursting with Potential

The Georgia Botanical Society’s annual trek to The Pocket is on March 27 this year, and with the state of things last Saturday I was beginning to worry, so Cindy and I braved the cold and rain to make a status check in the boardwalk area on Saturday, March 13.  For those who read the last chapter 1st – I breathed a sigh of relief.

Sanguinaria canadensis - Bloodroot

Early Bloodroot pushing through the leaves

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03/10/2009 The Pocket Explosion of Wildflowers Continues

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

Cindy took Joseph down to Shirley Miller Trail at The Pocket again today.  Joseph was wanting to take a camera down there to try his hand at wildflower photography, and I must say, he did well.  I’m glad they went back today, because apparently things are continuing to develop rapidly. Continue reading

03/09/2009 The Pocket – Trout Lilies and an Early Wood Poppy

1st Wood Poppy of the Season

1st Wood Poppy of the Season

Cindy wasn’t able to get down to The Pocket on Saturday, and suggested that we might go down there today.  With the change to daylight savings time, we had an extra hour of daylight, so shortly after 5 pm we headed down.  It was another great day for the wildflowers of The Pocket.

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