Last Sunday, I was snapping photos of some red cardinal flowers along the edge of Lake Tamarack and finally realized that there was a little green heron in the middle (see second photo below for closeup).
Yesterday was the final day of 2019’s National Pollinator Week. While the power was out at our cabin, I took a morning stroll down one of Bent Tree’s trails, and came across a patch of blooming Downy False-foxglove that was literally buzzing with pollinators. Look closely at the photo above to see a pollen basket on the bee.
Jack-in-the-pulpits were abundant in Bent Tree this spring. The photo below was taken in early May. Click here to link to a post from 7 years ago, when there were Jack-in-the-pulpits aplenty. That post gives more information about the plant and what to look for.
Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal have been blooming in Bent Tree this month. Both plants are native in Georgia and have similar leaves, but have very different flowers (see photos below).
Native plant Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)
Native plant Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum), also known as Swamp Lily or Turban Lily
“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 a Bent Tree Passionflower Ballerina.