Observations on nature and gardening from a Carolina wildlife gardener
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wildflowers and waterfalls
It was so great to be hiking in the Smokies (Great Smoky Mountain National Park) over the last few days, as part of the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. Wonderful wildflowers, great streams, creeks, and rivers all make for an amazing natural experience. The Smokies are remarkable for their diversity and resilience (post-logging). It's our most visited national park in the U.S.
Mouse Creek Falls
A hike along Big Creek (on the western edge of the park) was lovely today. Mouse Creek Falls was delightful,
as was the Silene in the seepage slope on the way.
Our gardens (in the piedmont of SC and the mountains of NC) are increasingly home to native plants, birds, small mammals, and insects of all sorts. My gardening companion (my husband) is equally the gardener in our gardens. Woody, our rescue Golden, is now putting his own stamp on our gardens. He follows his previous fellow goldens (and my former gardening assistants): Mocha and Chessie. They bring life to our gardens.
I reduce the sizes of most images, but they're still bigger than what's seen on the blog (click to enlarge!)
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