Native plant Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)
“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.
Passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata)
Native phlox is currently blooming in some sunny spots in Bent Tree. An inch worm was traveling around on this one.
The way the sun hit this tulip poplar flower made it look like a stained glass lamp sitting in the tree (click photo to zoom).
Galax (Galax urceolata synonym Galax aphylla), also known as Coltsfoot, Wand flower, and Beetleweed. The photo above was taken in September 2012, off the beaten path along Long Swamp Creek, near the Tamarack Drive end of the Beaver Run Trail. Years before that, many of the native plants in Bent Tree were marked with labels, and this little sign remained. I only found it because I spotted some trash in the underbrush and went to pick it up; the trash was next to the sign. I went back to the spot in the spring of 2013 and sure enough, galax was blooming around the sign. The sign, and that particular bed of galax, was swept away by the flood later in 2013. But, there are still many locations in the community where you can find galax in bloom right now. The photo below was taken on Monday.
Click here for a previous post. The tree turned out to (most likely) be a hybrid of American Chestnut and Chinese Chestnut. While it’s not a pure American Chestnut, it’s still pretty cool to have a mature hybrid chestnut in the Bent Tree woods. And, the nuts are edible.