All of the following native plant photos were taken Saturday on a single hole of the Bent Tree Golf Course.
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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).
This passionflower vine (Maypop) in Bent Tree was full of flowers, pollen, buzzing bees, and fruit (second photo below). I’ve posted Bent Tree passionflower photos almost every year. Click here for a post from two years ago that might bring back some childhood memories.
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).
The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is in various stages of bloom throughout Bent Tree right now. It’s hard to miss.
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.