Wildflowers in Bloom

The Spring Wildflower season in the Great Smoky Mountains has begun and it has started with a bang.  Due to the early arrival of such warm weather, we are seeing certain blooms sooner than we normally would.  We went on a scouting mission today to see what was blooming and scout out plants and blooms for our Wildflower Workshop April 23rd-April 25th.  Hey, it’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it!

Here are a few shots of some blooms we encountered today:

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia Spring Beauty

Chickweed

Bishop's Cap

False Soloman's Seal

Long Spur Violets

Smooth Solomon's Seal

White Trillium (possibly Sweet White)

Believe it or not, all of the above wildflowers were found on ONE trail!  Chestnut Top Trail across from the “Y” parking lot, just up the road from Tremont.  So, as you can see, now is a great time to start checking out the wildflowers.  Don’t wait until the Wildflower Pilgrimage week or you can miss some wonderful finds.  One such example is the bloom on Bloodroot which only lasts a couple of days.  We found some great samples of this on the road to Cades Cove.

Bloodroot

We found some other gems along the road to Cades Cove as well.

Wild Bleeding Heart

Confederate Violet

So, get out and explore!  We had a great time talking to other folks along the trails.  It’s amazing what you can learn just by talking to others.  Don’t forget to check out the details on Wilson’s Wildflower Workshop.  We would love for you to join us.

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