Couchville Cedar Glade 7/5/16

The day after July 4th is a let-down because of the firework tents. Fireworks are legal to sell in Wilson County, so that’s where we go to buy. Most of June, there’s a retail tent at each big intersection, as well as at intersections big only to folks who have to cross them every day. Till yesterday, the tents were lined with tables decked with patriotic skirting, and full of customers buying armloads of flammable goodies. Tax is figured on  solar calculator or iPad, depending on demographic of the seller.

Last week, we visited three of these tents in search of just the right smoke bombs, sparklers, and the little trucks that turn somersaults. My mom handed my kid fireworks gift money. Day made.

But yesterday, the tents were deserted. Not even a half-price clearance sale.
We were glad to get to the glade.

First thing we saw was a flower new to us: Rose Pink (Sabatia angularis), in the gentian family. It sprang up like bouquets along the one mile loop, starting in the parking lot. Gorgeous.

rose pink bouquets.jpg

It had rained the night before, so the path was mud through the barrens, and wet rock through the glades. The pic below tries to show a typical scene. See the seedling of Prairie Tea (Croton monanthogynus) by the stone? This is the path, usually bone dry but now filled with a couple of inches of water. The little Prairie Tea plant is making its own tea at the moment, but will dry in a day or so and be fine. The soil is too shallow to hang on to water long.

drowning prairie tea

The big elm by the yucca was a vulture tree: three black vultures watched us come and go. We did not take this as a sign.

vulture tree
black vulture against gray sky

The fameflower wasn’t open: too gray, too early in the day. I still haven’t seen an open blossom. But lots of other things were out, including this Guara. I don’t know the species. Longiflora? Biennis? Parviflora? Guara needs a good, descriptive common name.
(EDIT: Guara filipes! And it does have a good, descriptive common name: slender beeblossom. The bees need to be slender, too: it’s a small flower.)

Gaura filipes

The rest are captioned.

I wonder what this piece of land looked like in 1776?

glade petunia
Glade petunia (Ruellia humilis)
river oats
River oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
prairie mimosa
First time I’ve seen Prairie Mimosa bloom (Desmanthus illinoensis)
persimmon babies
baby persimmon fruit
winged sumac red leaves
Is it odd for winged sumac to start with the red leaves in early July?
horse nettle
Horse nettle (Solanum carolinense) (nightshade family)
lance leaf gumweed
Lanceleaved gumweed (Grindelia lanceolata)
Nostoc: bizarre wet or dry
sunflower mystery
Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)
box turtle
Eastern box turtle. Poor guy has a damaged carapace.
tn coneflower
Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis)

As usual, holler if you think I’ve misidentified something.