It's been wonderful to see how the front woodland garden along the path is flourishing this spring, along with the "foundation" plantings in front of the house.
Even the assessor (from the bank of our buyer) on Tuesday (admittedly a plant enthusiast) admired the nice combination of mountain laurel, rhododendron, fothergilla, and coral honeysuckle in front of the house, as well as the native crested iris, green and gold, Christmas fern, and pussytoes.
He also noticed the wild ginger (he told me his grandmother showed him the small flowers - the "little brown jugs." He thought they were insectivorous because he'd seen ants in them; I mildly suggested it was the odor, and they probably weren't insectivorous, but didn't want to totally pop that idea!
Just getting back from the mountains today, I didn't have time to take a photo. It is looking lovely.
Nice to feel like we've made a difference as good stewards of our space here in the Piedmont.