Bent Tree Flowers of April
Mark reaches into Buckskull Spring, which is off to the left as you go down Buckskull Court from our house. We loved tromping around in the woods in the early spring as the flowers started to come out. At left below Mark are some trillium plants, but they haven't bloomed yet. April 8.
This is a trillium variety that I saw only occasionally. I take it to be a nodding trillium. I found this one down on the logging road off of Buckskull Court on April 17.
Green dogwood blossom near the Bent Tree house. April 8.
This is a the most common variety of trillium in our area at Bent Tree. It's dark, wine-colored flower is distinctive. April 8.
A natural setting for the sessile trillium.
On Buckskull Court just below house at Bent Tree. Available light shot. April 16.
This flower is also called Cranesbill by Duncan and Foote. I found this one down on the logging road off of Buckskull Court on April 17.
This is a specimen of one of Georgia's few orchids. It is described by Duncan & Foote, p270. I have only seen it in one place, along this logging road. April 17.
Mandrake or Mayapple
Moving from the rare to the commonplace, this mandrake plant sometimes carpets whole areas in the forest of Bent Tree. It is not so common to see its flower, shown here. It lasts a short time and is hidden under the leaves. Also shown in this shot under the umbrella of the mandrake are rue anemones and a yellow bellwort.