Sunday, January 29, 2017

Can I Get a G-E-O-R-G-I-A?

Several years ago I came up with an idea to create the picture shown here. It would spell Georgia and contain pictures of indigenous plants in each of the letters to show how beautiful and unique Georgia’s native plants can be. I finally came across a tutorial for my favorite picture editing software that explained how to do it. Thanks to James for enhancing it with a bold outline.

I decided to feature pictures in seasonal order (because I am all about being seasonal!) so the first plant listed is a spring bloomer and the last one listed is what you can find at the end of the year. Unfortunately, the hardest part was deciding which plants to use and limiting myself to seven pictures! Here are the picture contents:

G – early spring-blooming bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

E – mid-spring flowering eastern columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

O – blueberries that ripen in June (Vaccinium sp.)

R – summer-blooming phlox (Phlox carolina) with syrphid fly

G – fall-blooming Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum) and Stone Mountain daisy (Helianthus porteri)

I – the fall foliage of chalk maple (Acer leucoderme)

A – the fruit of American holly (Ilex opaca)

I hope this graphic will help peak more interest in our beautiful Georgia flora. Feel free to share the picture!


  1. Very nicely done Ellen. Happy to see Sanguinaria canadensis here as it is one of my favorite spring ephemerals and I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

  2. I am so happy to know each and every one of those that you pictured here, this is a graphic of Georgia that I can truly appreciate. We should all be cheerleaders for Georgia flora.