Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence and friend Beth stopped by the low spot of a North Carolina mountain top today for a visit. I hope her pictures turn out well. I am a lousy photographer when strolling through the garden with other folks. I talk too much trying to explain how this place got this way.
After a look at the cozy cabin we dove in to the tallflower meadow and beyond.
The Ilex verticillata is having a good berry crop. They rarely make it to winter and beyond. We are on the migratory route of many birds. Birds prefer using the low route when crossing the mountain tops.
I felt vindicated when both Beth and Helen said they had never seen Liriope blooming that profusely before. I have been poo poohed in the past on this blog when saying that. It never bloomed this reliably and profusely in Florida or Hawaii.
The goldenrods and the Ageratina altissima, White Snakeroot, were blooming in full force. I sent Helen home with a sack containing both. Even a little of the Blue Wood Aster fell in the sack. We still have to wait a bit for the low spot of the mountain top to turn blue. Only a very few of them have started to bloom.
Our visitors always say such nice things and you have to wonder. This is not your typical manicured garden. What is the basis of comparison? It is the wild cultivated garden and blends in quite well with the surroundings, hiding in plain sight. It may even be unique. But it can't be. Surely there is another gardener out there in the wilderness who doesn't have to bring nature home in a sack.