There is one garden here that requires no attention at all. No weeding, watering, fertilizing or mulching. Nothing, nada, zip is done to it and still it puts on seasonal displays of interest and grandeur.
I might be imagining things and it could just be a normal function of surviving the winter, there just seems to be more wildflowers on the forest floor this spring. It is possible that the Great Easter Freeze of '07' and a late freeze and snow last year on April 29th dampened my first viewing of this natural display.
There are at least four species of violets and four species of trilliums. Bloodroot, Chickweed, Geranium, Dicentra, Spring Beauty, Toothworts, Larkspur and the various Anemone species to name just a few, add to the delicate carpet of colors that glitter in the mottled light of a brown forest floor converting into green.
The trilliums gather in waves that wash down the forest slope.
There are more Dogwoods this year as well. Driving the local roads reveals this normally hidden small tree is quite abundant. The dogwood with its large petals stands out from the numerous other white, spring blooming tree species that color the still thin canopy.
This is a versatile tree, equally at home in the wild forest and the cultivated garden.
The Dogwoods in this garden were not planted. They were saved and incorporated into the wild cultivated garden.
A double flowered cherry tree was added in the tended garden that grows here. Behind it, down through a valley to the stream and up the slope to my place is one half of the garden that is never tended, only enjoyed.
If you count the roadside vegetable garden and the sunny utility meadow as separate gardens, there would be four distinct gardens on this mountain.
A fifth one at my place is taking shape.