I always get surprises when I go to The Pocket. Today was no exception, except that since things started blooming so much earlier than usual this year (Hepatica in January!), I was expecting the “early season” to continue – expecting some of the earlier species to be gone, and frankly I was expecting to see the Bent White Trillium blooming. However, with the exception of Lindera benzoin (Spicebush), ALL of the early species were still blooming. So with all those earlier ones, and a few more added this trip, I found 30 species in flower this trip. And those Bent White Trillium, while close, are not yet blooming. It seems the wildflowers at The Pocket are now closer to “normal schedule” than “really early.”
I went down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain today, not only to check on the wildflowers but also for a little stress relief. I’ll get a report on the wildflower status out later this evening or in the morning, but I wanted to report one of my exciting finds. I used to see these fairly often as a child, but only rarely in recent decades. Was very happy to see this Luna Moth hanging onto a tree.