Archive for April 20th, 2011

South Mountains in bloom

Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)

The iris somewhat surprised me, not because of its presence but its ID. I had always thought is was the blue flag but this is blooming at the wrong time and living in far too dry a habitat. I am also amazed at the variety of plants called dog hobble.  All these plants show tremendous variety and I just wonder what the “kinds” of  

American Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

Genesis equate to.

Dog Hobble (Leucothoe editorum)
Rhododendron (R. catawbiense or R. carolinium?)
Frazier Magnolia (Magnolia fraseri)
Friends at High Shoals Falls

My blog is acting weird. It is installing pictures in the reverse order I put them on the screen.  No matter.  I am so thankful to be able to get out in the woods.  I commented to one of the people who went  that we were the odd people out. 

Red Trillium or Wakerobin (Trillium erectum)

She went with the guys and I went with the kids.  Of course, they don’t like that title but if I’m the old man then they’re the kids.

Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

I went on a hike in the South Mountains State Park with my son and four of his friends.  The flowers are beginning their full show of the season declaring the glory of their Maker.

Red trillium differs from Sweet Betsy in that the former stand erect on a peduncle (stem) and the petals fan out while the latter has petals sticking straight up with no peduncle.  The leaves of the Foam Flower remind me of something my mother used to pot.  I wish I could remember what it was.

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Overflows from the Heart

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…" Matthew 15:18


Pointing to the One who made, saved, and sustains