Report from Friday, May 14:
Carter's Lake, Hidden Pond Trail: The American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis) was still blooming, although looking droopy when we were there. The large-leaf waterleaf (Hydrophyllum macrophyllum) was just about shot, we found one plant that was still really fresh.
Fort Mountain State Park: On the Gahuti Trail (trail that goes up the hill to the right before you get to the ticket booth), we saw nice specimens of four-leaf milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia) blooming and after making the sharp turn to the right and entering the rich cove, we saw a good many Vasey's trillium (Trillium vaseyi), although most were pretty old looking. But, the highlight of this trail was a large clump of speckled wood lilies (Clintonia umbellulata) just coming into bloom on the bank to the right just above the trail, behind a tree!
Next we drove to the parking lot for the trail to the rock tower. If you park in the first parking space on the left, in the wooded section in the middle of the loop across the road from where the trails begin you'll find Ash-leaf goldenbanner (Thermopsis fraxinifolia) blooming. And, standing on the wooden deck at Cool Springs Overlook, you'll see bristly locust (Robinia hispida).