Monday, May 18, 2009

Natural gardens

Some time in the mountains this weekend, and a hike near Craggy Gardens, along the Blue Ridge Parkway today reminded me of the grounding of natural places and natural gardens. A lovely beech gap forest, just unfurling leaves, and sporting understory woodland wildflowers (Trillium erectum, Mainthemum, Twisted leaf, with many more to come) was a delightful place to be on a sunny cool day after a long day of rain yesterday. It's a joy to walk in a place with its native vegetation intact, without the transgressions of many weedy and invasive species that dot our developed landscapes.

A gift, to be sure.

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Blogger Gail said...

Craggy Gardens is a beautiful area. It must be a delight to not see all the invasives taking over and area! I need a trip to the mountains! Gail

May 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Nice little post, it made me want to go for a walk...

May 18, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

And those places are becoming more and more limited. Sounds like a very nice time.

May 18, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

It reminded me of how special our (remaining) natural areas are, and how important they are.

The balds at Craggy Gardens DO need maintenance to persist; but they're taken over by natural succession, not the usual suspects.

I heard all sorts of birds singing (the Appalachians are a prime migratory corridor), even though I only recognized a few of the songs.

May 18, 2009 at 9:59 PM  

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