Remember when I wrote about the thrill of surprises… well, imagine my surprise when Jim and I were hiking in Chuck Swan a few days ago and happened upon a cluster of Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids! They were right along the side of the dirt road within arm’s reach. I had never seen one in person before and this was a thrill.
The Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids are native to Tennessee and bloom from May through July (learn more). A friend of mine, who makes it a point to stay on top of the area’s wildflowers, says that they are also at Big Ridge State Park — which may also have the more rare white ones.
NOTE: Please do not dig these wildflowers to put in your own flower beds. They will not survive as they require a symbiotic relationship with a special fungus in the soil. Simply enjoy them each year in their native habitat.
Life is an Adventure!