Our colony of ladyslipper orchids started blooming and will last through the weekend. It is about 200 feet into the red (Shortcut) trail from the Throne, marked by a wooden sign. Please don’t step into the woods to get closer. It is all too easy to step on and crush these soft little plants. There are a number near the trail on both sides for about 30 feet. The second picture is a native azalea. You won’t see many of these. I rescued this one from a colony in the woods and planted it behind the house protected by a fence. If you spot one (in bloom right now!) let me know where and I’ll put up a fence. The woods with fewer deer would be full of small native shrubs, many of them flowering, all surviving below deer browse height.