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Israel Shall Blossom And Bud

Purple Phacelia

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.

Isaiah 27:6

Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet


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.

Isaiah 1:18

April Flowers In East Tennessee: Pawpaw Blooms

Our pawpaw trees have just about finished blooming…

Pawpaw Blooms

Pawpaw Bloom

Upsidedown Pawpaw Bloom

Aren’t they beautiful!



Mayapples In The Mountains

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are up and starting to bloom…

Mayapple Patch

A nice little patch of Mayapples

-they look like little umbrellas

Mayapple Bud

Mayapple bud

Mayapple Bloom

Mayapple flower

-only Mayapples with two leaves will have a flower

Looking For Mayapples

“I don’t see any apples!”

Mayapple tidbits:

  • 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)



Early April Flowers

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:

Bloodroot In Bloom


Toadshade Trillium

Wild Violet

Wild Violet

Yellow Trillium

Yellow Trillium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Dandelion Bloom


Dogwood Bloom

Dogwood Flower

Redbud Blooms

Redbud Blooms

This one is not a flower, but it was pretty anyways:

Unfurling fern


Happy Spring!




Free Event Saturday In Townsend: Herb And Wildflower Day At The Visitors Center


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.

For more information; please visit the Townsend Visitor Center’s website, download the Herb and Wildflower Day brochure (PDF file), or call (865) 448-6134 –or– (800) 525 6834.




Our Monday Mini-Hike

It poured down rain on Sunday and our creek got up –so we just had to go see our waterfall.

Mountain Stream 

Along the way we saw…

Winter Moss

moss on a rock…

Geranium robertianum

a wildflower ( cranesbill ?) emerging from the leaves…

Mushrooms On Log In January

and mushrooms on a log.

Our mini-waterfall

Our Mini Waterfall

He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

Psalms 78:16




A Foggy Drippy Day In The Holler

Foggy Trees 2

Rain Drops on Tree branches

Wild Hydrangea in Winter 




Is It Spring Yet?

Green things are popping out all over the holler -what a difference from last week!





Mid January Daffodils



Yellow bush (Forsythia)

Parsley in January



It’s enough to give a body spring fever! :)





East Tennessee Wildflower: Jewelweed

Wild Touch-Me-Not/Jewelweed

jewelweed_wild touch-me-not

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.