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.
Trillium catesbaei a.k.a. Catesby’s Trillium or Bashful Wakerobin, nodding trillium
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:
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.