Spring Ephemeral Paradise
Marsha's property is a treasure of native plants. It is awe-inspiring! I imagine this is what the woodlands use to be like everywhere in North Georgia before it was touched by the human hand.
We walked down the driveway lined with river birch, red buds, sweet shrubs and other spring ephemerals in a very natural setting. At the bottom of the driveway is the creek/river and this is where the photographic account begins.
Our visit was timed perfectly as this past weekend was the peak bloom time for many of the spring ephemerals that blanket the woodland floor. We gingerly walked the small trails through the woodlands that border Wahoo Creek. The number of native spring ephemerals is jaw dropping.
The soft sounds of the gently flowing water provided a peaceful ambiance as we tip toed through the masses of mayapples, trilliums, foam flowers and ferns. My mom and I were oohing and ahhing at every turn. This is recognizably the perfect environment with the right amount of moisture, light and hummus soil.
|Mayapple with Maidenhair fern|
|foam flower, moss and climbing hydrangea|
The trilliums were oversized. They blanketed the space between the creek's edge and the hillside. Hundreds upon hundreds of trilliums. Spectacular doesn't even to begin to describe the scene.
|carpet of trillium grandiflorum|
Once we finished the right side of the driveway, we crossed to the left side where the setting changed. This area was much boggier and belonged to the Jacks. Masses of Jack in the Pulpits. I've never seen so many in nature before.
|Jack with purple stem|
|Jack with green stem|
|Jack in the Pulpit|
|Gray's sedge (Carex grayii)|
This sunnier space is home to a carpets of green and gold, Cinnamon ferns, doghobble as well as Catesby's trillium, Amsonia, Hearts-a-bustin', and sweetshrub.
|Cinnamon Fern along river bank|
|Catesby's trillium under pine trees|
On this steep bank are a host of sturdy plants, but if one looks closer there are dainty plants too.
|Rattlesnake weed with lichens|
|birds foot violet nestled amongst the rocks|