We're starting off the day in the clouds, a trend that we've observed the last few dawns. But fear not, it should burn off in a timely manner and grant visitors great views of the East Tennessee Valley expanse! Our pleasant high temperature yesterday was 65 degrees, and our low was 46. It should be warm again today, so get out and enjoy it if you can!
It would appear that many of the plants that were coming up from the soil before the last snowfall remain unscathed. Coneflower and Monkshood stems are standing tall. In fact, a few more have popped around the Dining Hall. Shortly before dinner service, my eyes caught several tiny White Trillium (trillium erectum) in bloom to the east side of the grand staircase. As they adjusted, they also picked out four stalks that are the beginnings of American Turks Cap Lilies (lilium superbum)! Sometimes they bloom, sometimes they don't, but we'll hope for the former since they are magnificent flowers in July.
Have a great day!