CHECK UPDATE AT THE END!
This flower cannot be found in any of my field guides. It grows along a shady path behind our cabin outside of Waynesville, in the Southern Appalachians, opening in June. It's neighbors are Christmas and Lady Ferns, Hemlock Trees, Jewelweed, Mountain Asters, Yellow Buckeye Trees, various Maples and Ashes, Virginia Creepers, and a healthy population of Poison Ivy plants. It looks like it would be in the Rose family, but the seed looks not at all like a Rose Hip, and more like a big, red, but very dry raspberry. The leaves are very angular and stiff, and have thorns along their main stems. When I tried to pick this branch I got quite tangled in its thorny hold.
Anyone with information on this flower should contact me immediately! (This is not the first time I've tried to figure out what it is.)
The nice part of the outing was being with my friends and neighbors, Rose and Rachel, who walked down the hill mid morning with their sketch books. We wandered down the path that runs behind their old farmhouse to find something to draw. Even though the bugs were out - mosquitoes being the main irritant - we persevered and got a good bit of drawing done.
We were at our cabin in the mountains for a week, with cool and wet weather for the first half, listening to the rain on our tin roof - and cool and dry weather for the latter half of the week.
Here are some photos from our week in the mountains. As you can imagine, it was hard to come home.
!!! UPDATE !!!!I went to a botanist's house for dinner tonight and took my journal with me. With the help of her 6" thick, Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, we figured out what the flower is: Rubus illecebrosus, common name: Strawberry-Raspberry, member of the Blackberry family. A rare plant, it is a native of Japan. My friend said it would have been an early garden plant that escaped. The fruit was stewed or made into preserves.
The plant was first recorded by Wilhelm Olbers Focke (1834 - 1922), a medical doctor and botanist who did much work throughout his life on the taxonomy of Rubus (Rosaceae) and published several studies.
One of several websites where Rubrus illecebrosus can be found:
PLANTS for a FUTURE.
:-) I am happy now! Thanks Gil!
Bunny in our yard
Rhododendron blooming beside the cabin
my favorite morning activity: breakfast with the birds
East Fork of the Pigeon River
Wonderful big rock
a storm rolling in over the mountain
storm clouds hover over the mountains
Fog rolling over Devil's Courthouse - we drove in thick fog for quite a while
Skinny Dip Falls in Pisgah Nat'l Forest
Looking Glass Rock as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway