Our third day of the Garden Blogger's Spring Fling took us up-up-up to higher elevations. The first stop was Haywood Community Gardens. There were some vegetable gardens that had some nice inter-plantings of lettuce and tomatoes. One plant giving shade to the other as the seasons meld from one to another. I was drawn to some of the vistas and some of the trees.
This one is Acer plantanoides variegatum 'Drummondii'. A variegated Norway maple. Stunning tree.
This community garden has a mill pond, with a grist mill. Isn't this the quintessential peaceful setting? Many of us got photos of this lovely setting.
Taking photos from the other side of the pond, with a subject sitting on the small peninsula made for an even better photo.
Next to the grist mill were a couple interesting trees. The first one is a Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum. Look at these great 'knees'. These root structures that show up around the base of the tree are so interesting. This tree had a nice ring of knees.
Closer to the grist mill was a tree that I BELIEVE to be a Weeping Beech. Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'. It is some sort of weeping tree, quite a lovely one.
Why am I uncertain about the identification of this tree? Look at the leaf margin--
My fellow traveler to the Fling sent me a link and it is in fact a Weeping Beech. thanks Tink!
After a relaxing stroll through the community garden and grounds, we boarded the buses again and headed for Christopher's garden. What a glorious spot on the earth! Christopher's house sits nestled on the slope of this mountain, a house he built. The meadow gardens are a little wild as our early spring transforms to summer. Across a path through the meadow is his mother's house. Both properties had wonderful treasures to find and explore.
Up along the road was this great Euphorbia, I think it is 'Bonfire' though not sure about it. Great foliage color.
Even the 'weeds' were pretty. I have never seen Vetch look so pretty.
Sunny spots along the trail to his mom's house were sprinkled with blooms. Foxgloves and Sweet William share this spot.
Painted Daisy, Tanacetum coccineum, just glowed!
There were Irises in all sorts of colors, this one, pure white, as if light was emitting from the center of the bloom.
Had to get a picture of this one, yellow and purple, JMU colors!
One of our flingers taking in a beauty!!
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