Rainy Saturday, but today was gorgeous and there were lots of wildflowers at Coopers Rock.
Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Wood Geranium (Geranium maculata)
?Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia L.)?
Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Since the early flowers are blooming (those that didn’t die because of the early warm spell) we went to the Botanic Garden.
First rhododendron of the year!
These tiny daffodils are adorable.
Today needed something relaxingly active, so we took a trip to the WV Botanic Garden
Saturday we went to Summersville to see the lake at its high levels. But of course we went on a hike and saw flowers.
Last hike was mountain laurel, this week, rhododendron.
I was sort of obsessed with the Mountain Laurel on our hike.
Here’s a little of what we saw hiking the Glade Creek Trail at the New River Gorge.
Lots of different flowers blooming in different areas: at Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods we saw trillium, which bloomed here a month ago.
Irises with hot butterfly on flower action
Since it was on the way, we stopped at Cranberry Glades on our way home.
In addition to the boardwalk, we took a short hike along Charles Creek Trail.
I now need to go back and follow the entire trail, because there were random interpretive signs about a prison there prior to and during WWII.
We went to the WV Botanic Garden this morning, and then this afternoon, we biked along the Mon River Rail Trail
Berkeley Springs was cool and sunny on Saturday, which is quite nice for our quick stroll.
The root tree of the graft broke through, so this tree and white and pink flowers, both of which were pretty.
The cherry blossoms are from Thursday, when we walked down to the wharf district. The rest of the flowers are from Sunday, and our visit to the WV Botanic Garden.
Here are some flowers we saw on our Saturday wander through multiple places in the state.
Plus! Bonus Dramatic Clouds!
Not many pretty wildflowers out right now, but I found a few yesterday hiking at New River Gorge.
OK, not flowers, but I still found them pretty.
Well, state parks and state forests, but since the state park was technically in a forest, we’ll just let it go.
Pictures are from Stonewall Resort and Coopers Rock.
The rhododendron are in bloom!
Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)
Are you a mushroom? No! I’m a fun-gi!
And here’s Stonewall Resort State Park
Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
Wild Bergamot / Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)
I love day lilies. Over the years I have picked up several different cultivars, so when they bloom, the front of my house is gorgeous. (The nicest thing about day lilies is that unlike regular lilies, they don’t have a scent. (I cannot stand the scent of regular lilies.))
Bonus: Balloon flower
After several weekends of somewhat strenuous hiking, we decided we needed a nice, relaxing walk today, and so went to the WV Botanic Garden.
There are trails through the area, which are fairly flat and fairly even, including gravel paths that should be easy for strollers etc.
Although temperatures were a little warmer than I would prefer, it was a lovely stroll. We got there before the gate to the lower parking area opened, so there was hardly anyone there, and it was calm and quiet and peaceful.
A lovely walk.
Some of the flowers we saw on our hike at Watters Smith Memorial Park
Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)
Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) ?
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
These are what I found when as I wandered around my yard this morning. (I have a small yard, so it wasn’t a very long wander.)