Cow creek spiderlily, an endemic species found only in Liberty, Franklin and Wakulla counties, Florida, is at peak bloom. Next week, it will be in seed.
But continuing its bloom and its fragrance are swamp roses, throughout the creek.
Little purple bells, hanging from vines throughout the creek, swamp leatherflower, Clematis crispa, are now in full bloom. Buds indicate that they will be blooming for several more weeks, at a minimum.
Late spring, early summer colors are bolder: golden-yellows, blues and purples — narrow-leaf primrose, spatterdock, blue flag iris, pickerel weed. candy root.
And, already in massed blooming, but greater density promised next week, false dragonhead blossoms.
Soon also to be blooming in large masses, lizard tail.
False indigo continues its long bloom period.
Very early in the season, climbing aster are already blooming at the mouth of the river. These flowers, in large masses throughout the river and also along Crooked River and upper Ochlockonee, will continue blooming till late fall.
Green fly orchids, one of our favorite flowers, continue to bloom and new bud stems are appearing which promises flowering for another few more weeks.
The next masses of white blossoms will be arrow head, heavily budded shrubs throughout the creek.