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Old May 16, 2015, 10:19 PM   #1
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It's been months since I had time to stop by here, so I missed the chance to show you some of our early spring East Tennessee wildflowers. Well, "better late than never…"

It was a wonderfully cool and wet early spring here in Northeast Tennessee, a fine one for the spring ephemerals. Here's a few Bloodroot blooms - a common flower of the rich woodlands.
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Many folks confuse these with bloodroot. Twinleaf is even more ephemeral and delicate than bloodroot, and also much less common.
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Dutchman's Britches flowers are popular with the bumblebees - and with the flower photographers too!
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Here's a less common cousin of the Dutchman's Britches, called Wild Bleeding Heart.
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Hepatica and Toothwort are among our earliest spring wildflowers…
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As is Trout Lily…
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Dwarf Crested Iris blooms a bit later, and for a longer part of the season.
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But Willow flowers sure don't last very long at all…
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And, of course, ferns don't bloom, but don't they have interesting patterns as they unroll! This is a Christmas Fern fiddlehead.
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Hope you enjoyed some glimpses of the early season blooms. Thanks for your comments & critique!
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