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.