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 on: May 04, 2011, 11:00:10 AM 
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Expeditions with Patrick McMillan

Saturday, June 25
Friends of Patrick for
3:00 Walk with Patrick at Pearson's Falls
(Including dinner at 7:00) $100 for first 25
7:00 Dinner with Patrick at Tryon Depot
(Capacity 72) $100
Reserve with Eva at
Checks should be made out to:
Clemson University Foundation for
and should be mailed to
Eva Pratt
2556 Compton Bridge Road
Inman, SC  29349

This event is NOT being sponsored by the Georgia Botanical Society

 on: April 21, 2011, 06:41:34 PM 
Started by mikepaddler - Last post by mikepaddler
McIntosh Preserve Photos by James Powers

 on: March 27, 2011, 08:11:56 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
While we are having signs of an early spring in many areas, at high elevations in the mountains this does not seem to be the case.  We stopped by Sosebee Cove this afternoon and it appears to be on a normal bloom cycle.  Things are just beginning to pop there with trout lilies just in bud.  Trillium cuneatum, bloodroot, Carolina spring beauty, and round-leaved violet are the only things in bloom and should be blooming for a while as the other stuff comes in.

 on: March 26, 2011, 03:18:41 PM 
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Finished the work week early and spent yesterday afternoon at Kennesaw Mountain.  It is starting to get nice there as well. 

Dogwoods and redubuds were spectacular.  A few bloodroots were still blooming, although most were already in seed-set.  Sweetshrub was spectacular in bloom heading up from the Visitor's Center.  Assorted blue violets were being quite showy along the trail.  Star Chickweed was the predominant bloomer, including a couple that were perfect examples of the 5 divided petals mixed among the many that looked more like 10 petals.  Perfoliate bellwort was in bloom, but extremely thirsty.  Hopefully the rain of today and the upcoming week will bring outthe flowers in full.

On Pigeon Hill, I came across a very early firepink in full bloom and birdsfoot violets. Also found the trailing phlox (Phlox nivalis) at peak and stunning - definitely the highlight of the day.

Off the mountain and south of Burnt Hickory Road, where most of the plants really seemed to be in need of water, there were little brown jugs, rue anemone, more bloodroot (surprisingly at the lower elevation) and perfoliate bellwort, and a single and quite ratty Jack-in-the-pulpit.


 on: March 21, 2011, 07:16:05 PM 
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Hugh Nourse provides the following regarding the SBG.  <Editorial Comment - it is always wort stopping by and checking out the SBG if you are in the general Athens vicinity and even worth making a trip there just to visit - RPR.>

In the middle of February Anemone americana (round-lobed liverleaf) was blooming.  It was shortly followed by Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot).  Since then, the Thalicatrum thalictroides (rue anemone) is now in full flower.  common blue violets are almost gone, but mayapple is now budding, and this weekend we found our first blooming Geranium maculatum (wild geranium).  All of these plants were on the trail system outside of the garden.

In the Dunson Native Plant Garden we have Trillium persistens (Edna's trillium), Trillium discipiens (Chattahoochee trillium), and Trillium cuneatum.  The sharp-lobed liverleaf bloomed briefly a week or so ago.  The cutleaf toothworts (Dentaria concatanata) and spring beauties (Claytonia caroliniana) bloomed together.  At the same time trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) bloomed.  As they now are fading, the Erythronium americanum is now blooming, as are wood poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) and Mertensia virginica.

But our rarest find, and we believe a new record for Clarke County, is Corydalis flavula (harlequin).  Linda Chafin identified it for us. The interesting point here is that they have come up in the floodplain in which privet has been exterminated to see what would happen.  There are lots of green stems that are box elder (Acer negundo) throughout the area, but there are also very large patches of the harlequin.  The herbarium reports it from only three counties in Georgia, but I know it was seen at the monastery in Conyers.


 on: March 21, 2011, 07:07:23 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
This report comes in form Charlie Seabrook.

I was in the Moody Forest Preserve (owned and managed jointly by the DNR and the Nature Conservancy) near Baxley in Appling County on Saturday. We walked through a large swath of rare wiregrass and longleaf, loblolly and slash pines. Some of the longleafs had red-cockaded woodpecker (an endangered species) cavities. We saw numerous gopher tortoise (a state protected species) burrows.

Yellow jessamine was in spectacular bloom and made a stunning sight amongst the wire grass and pines. Also found birdfoot violet in bloom. Zebra swallowtail, cloudless sulfur and orange sulfur butterflies flitted about. A four-foot long black racer slithered away from us. We also heard a Bachma's sparrow singing in the distance.

With us was Janisse Ray, author of "Cracker Childhood" who helped save the Moody Forest.   A nice day in the piney flatwoods of south Georgia.  Driving to Baxley on U.S. 341 also was nice with yellow jessamine blooms high in the trees and redbuds in glorious
bloom along the roadsides.

Of course, I know that wisteria is non-native and an invasive, but it is stunning now as it blooms along the highways of south

Charlie Seabrook

 on: March 20, 2011, 10:27:39 PM 
Started by Richard - Last post by Richard
Teresa and I visited 4 sites in Floyd Co. yesterday and this is a report of what was in bloom.

We went to Black's Bluff, Armuchee Elementary School, Little Dry Creek Natural Area, and even our yard yesterday and "spring has sprung"! I agree with Rich, some
plants are really early this year. I have never seen the Dutchmen's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) and trout lily (Erythronium americanum) blooming this early at Black's Bluff, it is usually late March to early April!!! The trout lily here, the Pocket and Cloudland blooms later than the Atlanta area or Wolf Creek because E. americanum blooms a little later than E. umbilicatum.

Also blooming at Black's Bluff were sharp-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba), cut-leaf and slender toothworts (Dentaria laciniata) and D. heterophylla), harbinger of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa), almost gone, rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), giant chickweed (Stellaria pubera), wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), early saxifrage (Saxifraga virginiensis), and long-spurred violet (Viola rostrata).

At Armuchee we saw the round-lobed hepatica (Hepatica americana), slender toothwort, and rue-anemone. At LDCNA we saw a different toothwort, narrow-leaf toothwort (Dentaria mutifida). And, of course, we saw a bunch of lawn plants at all areas, such as: Lamium amplexicaule and L. purpureum, Draba verna and D. brachycarpa, Mazus japonicus, Cerastium glomeratum, Stellaria meadia, Veronica persica and V. serpyllifolia, Houstonia caerulea and H. pusilla, etc., etc. etc.

And, in our yard, tons of Claytonia virginica, and my rare Amelanchier alabamensis (Alabama serviceberry) has been in full bloom for a few days and is starting to fade.

Reported by Richard & Teresa Ware

 on: March 19, 2011, 09:11:54 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Checked out the bottom of the canyon today as an advance scout for the upcoming field trip.  Things are looking great and I regret not doing an early walk there for the group.

Carolina spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana), trout lilies (Erythronium americanum), and three toothworts (Cardamine angustata, C. concatenata, & C. dissecta) were all in spectacular bloom.  Good enough that you may want to alter you Sunday afternoon plans if you lve close enough to drop by.

Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) and spurred violet (Viola rostrata) also were in fine blooming form.  Common blue violet (V. sororia) was blooming well in spots and Canada violet (V. canadensis) was just beginning to bloom.  Green violet (Hybanthus concolor) was out of the ground but not blooming.

The decumbent trillium (Trillium decumbens) were blooming with many still just getting started and T. cuneatum was in bud but not flower.

Many of the plants we will see in nice bloom on April 9th were beginning to bloom in spots.  The warm weather of late winter has them going a bit early this year.  The larkspurs (Delphinium tricorne) are not blooming but are up and look to be primed to give a nice show in three weeks.

 on: March 05, 2011, 04:16:51 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich

On-site registration begins April 26 at 5:00 PM in the Mills Auditorium in GATLINBURG TN.

This winter has been brutal, but now you can look forward to spring in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as the wildflowers rise above the snow and emerge for another grand display of color.  Join us in the GSMNP at the 61st Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage April 27-May 1, 2011.  We have a full schedule of programs with many new events.

Packet pick-up and On-site registration begin Tuesday Evening (April 26th) from 5:00-9:00 pm.  The first full day of events begins Wednesday morning. This year’s luncheon and Wednesday evening speaker is J. D. Sutton who will present a portrait of William Bartram, the 18th century American naturalist. The Thursday night speaker is Scott Dean, a naturalist from Western NC who will present a talk, “Appalachian Spring”, and on Friday evening, Kelby Ouchley, wildlife biologist and author of Flora and Fauna of the Civil War will discuss his new book.

Work that caused last year’s road closures within and around the park area has been completed.

Last year there were spectacular displays of native wildflowers and beautiful weather.  The cold winter and late developing spring weather in this area have been very favorable for another exceptional wildflower display this year.  Enjoy the splendor of this magnificent park and your conversations with the leaders and staff of the Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. 

 on: February 27, 2011, 05:15:45 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Folks shoud be able to get some nice flower walks in in Cherokee County  over the next several days.  We took a walk on the yellow trail at Boling Park today and found trout lilies (Erythronium umbillicatum) in great bloom, and a bloom that should continue for a while as there were more in bud than in bloom.  

Round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana) also was beginning to bloom, with about a dozen in bloom and many in bud.

Toothworts (Cardamine angustata) were just starting to bud well.  None had open flowers bus a handfull were starting to show the petals.

Surprisingly, the buckeyes (Aesculus sylvatica) were already leafing out - surprisingly early and potentially bad news if there is a late cold snap - I have not noticed them leafinf out this early at this location prviously.

Also - the nomenclature above follows Weakley.

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