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He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are up and starting to bloom…
A nice little patch of Mayapples
-they look like little umbrellas
-only Mayapples with two leaves will have a flower
“I don’t see any apples!”
- All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous
- Mayapple fruit was traditionally used to make jelly
- Supposedly, Morel mushrooms can be found near Mayapple patches (but I’ve never found any)
After our long cold winter, all the wildflowers seem even more beautiful this year. Here’s what’s blooming right now in our corner of the Smokies:
This one is not a flower, but it was pretty anyways:
Need something to do this weekend that’s fun, free and educational?
Come to Townsend, TN tomorrow, Saturday April 3rd, for “Herb and Wildflower Day”. You can learn about herbs, wildflowers and birds of the Smokies; take a wildflower hike or garden tour; plus purchase plants, herb teas, pottery or baked goods.
All programs for this free event meet at the Townsend Visitor Center on 321 and are from 9:00am to 5:00pm (“Bird Walk” at 7:30am). Hikes do require registration.
It poured down rain on Sunday and our creek got up –so we just had to go see our waterfall.
Along the way we saw…
moss on a rock…
a wildflower ( cranesbill ?) emerging from the leaves…
and mushrooms on a log.
He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
Green things are popping out all over the holler -what a difference from last week!
Yellow bush (Forsythia)
It’s enough to give a body spring fever!
Impatiens Pallida -Pale touch-me-not, Pale jewelweed
Jewelweed is blooming now in East Tennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains, plant grows to 5 feet here in the Pawpaw Holler, mostly along the creek.
It’s stems are the best poison ivy remedy, just crush and apply –it does sting a little, but it really dries up the rash. (This is one of the first plants my children learn about.)
There is also an orange variety.