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.
Numerous Hepatica – Anemone acutiloba – were blooming.
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…
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 at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain
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…
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.
Several days of warm weather over the past couple of weeks, as well as some sunshine, something we missed in early February, has brought about the beginning of the wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain.
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 →
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 →
OK, maybe I can be a little obsessive with some things. It was cold, but Sam agreed to run down to The Pocket with me so I wouldn’t miss something at its early stages. I’m really hoping to get photos of most of the wildflowers at The Pocket at several different stages in their development. It had only been a few days, but things had changed. Continue reading →
Friday the 13th; it had been a warm week, so I wanted to see how things were developing at The Pocket, so Cindy and I made the trip down there. Many more fresh leaves that I recognized had sprung up, and the Toothworts now wore more than just buds. Continue reading →
Earlier in the week we had 13-degree weather. Nice day on Saturday, so Cindy, Ethan, Sydney and I decided to head down to The Pocket, famous wildflower location at the foot of Pigeon Mountain. I wanted to get a peek at what might be starting, fully expecting nothing. I was surprised! Continue reading →