Easter Ramble

On Sunday afternoon, Tim and I, with our friend Jenny, took advantage of the good weather and headed to the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Hwy 11) for a hike at the Eastatoe (ee-sta-TOH-ee) Creek Heritage Preserve. Located in the heart of the Jocasee Gorges property, the 373-acre preserve is a secret garden of spring wildflowers, including many common species and some that are quite rare. Most of the hike is along an old logging road so the going is relatively easy. And since it was Easter, we almost had the mountain to ourselves. Here’s the best of what we found in our 5+ miles of exploration.

Trail view of Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve

Trail view of Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve

Dwarf iris (I. verna)

Dwarf iris (I. verna)

Pale yellow trillium (T. discolor)

Pale yellow trillium (T. discolor)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Solomon's seal (Polygonatum biflorum), the largest I've ever seen!

Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum), the largest I’ve ever seen!

Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Vasey's trillium (T. vaseyi), the most exciting find of the day!

Vasey’s trillium (T. vaseyi), the most exciting find of the day!

Squawroot (Conopholis americana)

Squawroot (Conopholis americana)

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum)

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum)

One of many limestone outcrops along the trail.

One of many limestone outcrops along the trail.

20 thoughts on “Easter Ramble

  1. Beth Croft

    Love the flowers. Enjoying the beach- left my garden looking decent considering all the cold damage. Planted about 60 alliums after the trip to England-they were just beginning to open when I left town. Have a wonderful day with the n c ladies

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    1. Sharon Lanier

      Beth, the NC group loved our day in Greenville!! Thanks for sharing your garden with us. Beautiful! Loved the Globe Master alliums!!!! Sharon Lanier

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  2. Chloris

    What an amazing walk with fantastic views and exquisite wild flowers. I love those Trilliums. Don’ t forget that it’s Wild Flower Wednesday over at Clay and Limestone tomorrow. (The fourth Wednesday in the month.) It is a good chance to share the wonderful wild flowers you see on your walks.

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  3. Pauline

    You certainly found some wonderful wild flowers on your walk! Plants that we, over here, try to grow in our gardens. I really must buy some trilliums, they are such beautiful flowers, I’m sure they would like my woodland!

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  4. Marian St.Clair Post author

    Jessica–Wild flower hunting is my favorite spring activity. I wish I could go every week, but sadly, my schedule doesn’t work that way. I’m going to try to squeeze in a few more before the end of the season, though.

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  5. Sharon Lanier

    How thrilling to see all the native plants you discovered! The Vasey’s trillium is amazing. I have never seen one. Just gorgeous!! Would love to go on one of your hikes. AWESOME!!!
    Sharon Lanier

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  6. christineramsey

    What lovely finds and photos! The Jack in the pulpit grows wide in our back yard woods. We are lucky. C

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  7. Christina

    Thanks for sharing your Easter hike, the countryside looks so beautiful and full of flowers. We had a nice walk on Easter Sunday too, it was very quiet as all the Italians were having lunch. I posted about it on Saturday.

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