Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is a native plant in this area. The photo below, taken in Bent Tree a few days ago, shows unopened flower buds. Delicate bell-shaped flowers will open soon.
One of the neatest things I ever stumbled across in Bent Tree was back in 2012. I was walking the Beaver Run Trail one dark morning and saw a weird yellow-green glowing in the distance. I kept heading towards the glow and came across a patch of bioluminescent fungi…foxfire. The photos above and below show two of the glowing fungi, but the photos don’t come close to capturing how amazing it looked in person. Click the photo below to zoom:
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.
The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is in various stages of bloom throughout Bent Tree right now. It’s hard to miss.
The dogwoods are loaded with buds. It’s going to be a beautiful spring in Bent Tree.
Sourwood trees are among the first trees to show fall leaf color in the Bent Tree woods.
The following native wildflower photos were taken last Sunday morning in Bent Tree. On the last photo (Heartleaf Ginger), look towards the base of the stems for the urn shaped flower (little brown jug).
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“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.