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.


  1. 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

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

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

  4. 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.


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