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The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 3/18/2014

While the weather is keeping things slow, things are picking up at The Pocket.  Several species have started blooming, and even more are “almost there.”  Checking last year’s reports, we’re tracking pretty close to 3/10/2013.  The big excitement for me today was finding that a few Dutchman’s Breeches have started blooming.

Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman’s Breeches – Dicentra cucullaria

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The Pocket Status Update 2/24/2014

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.

<i>Anemone acutiloba</i>

Numerous Hepatica – Anemone acutiloba – were blooming.

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#NPOD: Harbinger of Spring #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 02/19/2013

Photo from Feb 7, 2009. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, GA.  I first saw these blooming in 2013 on Feb 4.

Harbinger of Spring – for more photos / info go to the Erigenia bulbosa detail page.

Harbinger-of-Spring, Pepper and Salt - Erigenia bulbosa

Harbinger-of-Spring, Pepper and Salt – Erigenia bulbosa

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#Waterfalls and #Wildflowers – The Pocket – an Early Spring? 02/04/2013

On Monday, Feb 4, I took a ride down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain with a couple of my grandsons – Chase and Jeff.  To a great extent this was to get them out from in front of their computers/video games, but also, since we’ve had such a warm winter, to check to see if there were any early signs of spring.  We walked the boardwalk and all the way up to and above the falls.  We had a good time, and even though I was expecting some indication that spring is around the corner, I was surprised…

Waterfalls in The Pocket by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Waterfalls in The Pocket

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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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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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03/10/2009 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

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02/21/2009 The Pocket

I was able to hold off for five days before I succumbed to the call of The Pocket.  This time I enjoyed the company of Joseph, who was a great companion, and seemed to really enjoy seeing and learning a bit about the wildflowers, as well as the opportunity to try to track down and capture some water striders.  Continue reading

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