“Whereas, if it were not for the cross-pollination activities of honeybees for over fifty different crops, we would soon have to live on cereals and nuts”. – from the 1975 resolution that declared the honeybee as Georgia’s Official State Insect. Click here to read the entire resolution. The pictures above and below show a honeybee on a native obedient plant in Bent Tree (with the bee headfirst into a flower in the picture below). Click here for a previous post about obedient plants. Interestingly enough, the picture in that post has Georgia’s Official State Butterfly (eastern tiger swallowtail) on the bloom.
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. The bushy annuals shine like jewels when covered with the morning dew, especially when the sun hits them. The juice from the stems is said to help treat poison ivy rashes.
Who remembers this from their childhood summers? Yesterday’s post with the passionflower (aka Maypop) jogged my memory and I had to make one.
Native phlox is currently blooming in some sunny spots in Bent Tree. An inch worm was traveling around on this one.
Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum), aka Swamp Lily or American Tiger Lily
The scheduled program is Bent Tree Wildflowers.
Spotted jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a late summer wildflower that has been blooming profusely in Bent Tree over the last couple of weeks. The photo above was taken this year, but my favorite picture of this particular wildflower is the macro shown below, from last year. Click the image below to zoom in.
Cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) are blooming along the streams in Bent Tree. A hummingbird was darting away from the flower when I snapped this picture. The background vegetation is the perfect camouflage for the hummingbird.
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Here’s another plant that originated in China and has naturalized in Georgia. The Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) was brought to the United States in 1852 as an ornamental shrub and has spread so much that it is considered an invasive species. It is very fragrant, and you might smell it before you see it. It is considered highly allergenic, so if you’re having allergy problems right now, this could be a culprit. The second photo below gives an idea of the size of the stand of privet. It is massive (and beautiful) with a lot of blooms.
Georgia’s state flower was putting on a nice show in Bent Tree a couple of weeks ago. The Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata) is not a native plant of Georgia, but has become naturalized in the state. It is a native plant of China and was brought to the United States in the 1700’s. The Native American Cherokees began planting the evergreen climbing shrub in north Georgia around the mid-1700’s. It is said that wherever a tear fell on the “Trail of Tears”, a Cherokee Rose grew. The plants still bloom along the path today.
The nodding trillium is a plant that is easy to overlook. The flower hangs down under the three leaves, so it is often inconspicuous. The following photo was taken last month in Bent Tree. If you click the photo twice, you’ll get a good macro view.