Thursday, May 8, 2014

Appalachian Ephemerals

Appalachian Ephemerals
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Four Weeks, One Of The Shortest Growing Seasons On The Planet

  Louise (the fantastubularidicool, Mom, sister, daughter, in-law, neighbor, Houstonian, New Yorker, Mossrocker, Girl Scout, retired Wyoming shepherd, better half, friend, plant biologist, naturalist, plant person, Mesozoic Garden creator, College Adjunct, professional Lab Manger, ......) with me at Assateague summer 2013.
A reminder that summer time beach weather is just around the corner.
Another Old Rag Sunset

Birds Foot Violets

Auricularia auricula-judae   Jew's Ear, Wood Ear, Jelly Ear 


Serviceberry Bush


"Stunning spring wildflowers.
Because the temperate forest’s dense leaf canopy shades the forest floor all summer long, there are only four weeks in spring during which sturdy spring wildflowers can burst out of the ground, flower, and refill their energy reserves before the trees block life-giving sunlight. By June these highly ephemeral flowers have gone to seed and dormancy. They will wait another year for their place in the sun, having one of the shortest growing seasons on the planet. The unified timing of this mass flowering is one of nature’s most beautiful forest spectacles, and no other forest type can quite rival it. This is quite different from tropical rainforests, where the blooming seasons of flowers are scattered throughout the entire year. "

The above is taken from the Arc Of Appalachia website found at:


  1. Great post, Bob! Just a quick correction: Your asters are actually chickweed.

  2. Silver Spring Wanderer thanks for the correction.

    Folks if your interested in Appalachian Flowers check out Silver Spring Wanderer's blog:

    It is also in my blog list above right.