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What’s blooming with the Trailing Arbutus on this Sabbath’s Spring Wildflower Walk?

Why a Wildflower Walk?

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Today, the Spring cold that’s been knocking on my door moved right in! My whole family packed up and drove off for church, and I remained to rest and recuperate.

After I rested a bit, read a bit, and drank my immune-boating teas, I was ready to enjoy the out of doors! Sunshine and clear skies greeted me, along with our two dogs, Daisy and Babes. Little Bit, the cat trailed along later.

Our only purpose was to explore the wildflowers of Ridge Haven as we stretched our legs. I get excited about Spring Wildflowers especially, since they pop out after a long Winter of drabness.

Below is a sampling of what we observed. I still like the Trailing Arbutus the best, maybe because of their sweet, old-fashioned aroma, or maybe just because they seem to be an especially abundant specimen at Ridge Haven.

If you haven’t gotten out to explore your neck of the woods lately, I highly recommend doing so! Nature time is a highly overlooked way of taking care of yourself!

Here’s what we found on our Spring Wildflower Walk today!

Enjoy!

Spring wildflower walk

Ferny moss with fine shoots

Spring Wildflower walk Solitary Pussytoes
Solitary Pussytoes Wildflower
Spring Wildflower walk. Wood Anemone.
Wood Anemone

Dwarf Crested Iris shoots on Spring wildflower walk

Dozens of Dwarf Crested Iris coming!
Spring wildflowers wood anemone
Wood anemone
Spring wildflower Star Chickweed
Star Chickweed
Spring wildflower Hepatica
Round-leaf Hepatica with leaves
Spring wildflower Hepatica
Round-leaf Hepatica
Spring Wildflowers walk
Some type of Phlox?

Wildflower walk fern fronds

Fern fronds unfurling with Little Brown Jug leaves

Spring wildflower Trailing Arbutus

Lovely cluster of fragrant Trailing Arbutus
Spring wildflower walk wood betony
Wood Betony foliage beside creek

Spring wildflower Wood Anemone

Large specimen of Wood Anemone
Spring wildflower walk moss
Some moss that reminds me of tiny Christmas trees!

Spring Wildflowers Little Brown Jug

Little Brown Jugs will bloom soon!
Spring Wildflower walk wet weather stream
Small wet weather creek at Ridge Haven

Wet weather stream Ridge Haven Homestead

Wet weather stream and so many rocks!
Boxer dog on wildflower walk
Daisy had to check out the stream!
Dog drinking from stream wildflower walk
Babes enjoying fresh flowing water from stream
Spring wildflower walk Helberd leafed violet
Halberd Leafed Violet
Spring wildflower walk gentle stream
Gently flowing stream
Spring wildflower walk with tabby cat

Little Bit, my walking companion

For all referencing during my Spring Wildflower Walk, I used Google, my memory, and this book.

We picked up this book, Wildflowers of Tennessee, by Jack Carman, at Wilderness Wildlife Week a few years ago, and it is a very useful tool for helping to identify wildflowers in Tennessee. We also met the author and got a signed copy! He has put hours of work into this treasure trove of a book! I don’t think there has been a single wildflower that we have found that is not listed in this book! We use other field guides, but this is becoming my favorite! I just enjoy flipping through it’s pages!

Now it’s your turn! Get out and find some beauty!

Happy hunting!

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