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Wildflower Touring on a Bicycle

When we think about a wildflower outing, we tend to think about an excursion on foot, walking a woodland trail in search of, perhaps, a specific species that's known to bloom at a certain time. But how many of us…

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Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper

  One of the pleasures of residing in or near the woods of the Southern Appalachians is looking forward to the bloom of specific woodland plants as the year rolls by. Last year we missed the bloom of the small…

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Sourwood: Honey Queen of the Summer Forest

In a six-week summer window between mid-June and the end of July, tens of thousands of workers near our office are busy creating a rare Southern delicacy. Made in tiny batches in the smallest facilities imaginable and produced only in the region where North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and…

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Stalking the Wild, Elusive Oconee Bells

  Oconee Bells are blooming now. This elusive early spring wildflower is found only in a few locations in Upstate South Carolina and just over the border in North Carolina—mostly in the Jocassee Gorges region. If you want to see them,…

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