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Scenes From the Mountains of North Carolina

Hayfields and wildflowers

My name is Piper Woodring, and I live in Boone, North Carolina. Although I love to garden, and in my humble opinion, my yard is beautiful, this first photo I am sharing with you is of a field in our community. This lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–8) started with plants on either side of the stairs to a stoop on a mobile home. When the resident passed away, the mobile home was moved away from this rented field. Typically, the flowers don’t make it to maturity before the field is mowed for hay. However, we have experienced a very wet spring, which prohibited the mowing.

I have enjoyed this view immensely. I hope you do as well!

lady’s slipperI should add that I really have no “ formal gardens,” but our yard consists more of “areas.” I really love wildflowers, like this yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum, Zones 2–6).

white trilliumA white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum, Zones 4–7) shows a habit typical of its species of blushing pink as the blossoms age.

flame azaleaThe bright orange–blooming bush is a flame azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum, Zones 5–8), or as we always called them, wild honeysuckle. They are prevalent in the wooded areas of our property, and this one has been growing close to our house for 30 years.

fall foliageThis past autumn, the leaf show was one of the prettiest in my memory.

A green view in the flush of spring growth.

The same spot, transformed in the colors of fall.


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  1. blondie3 06/24/2020

    The Lupine is fabulous, thank you for sharing. I love NC

  2. Maggieat11 06/24/2020

    Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing. The lupines are fabulous. Love your autumn photos...well, all are beautiful. Would love to see more!

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    pattyeckels 06/24/2020

    I love the lupines. They should never be mowed down. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank ypu.

  4. Sunshine111 06/24/2020

    So so lovely! I really enjoyed seeing your photos!

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    simplesue 06/24/2020

    Such an interesting story of how the Lupines started out, and became survivors of a "gone garden". Amazing to see all those shades of pink, lavender and purple. I just loved reading that story!
    Also so interesting to see that gorgeous Flame Azalea, so mature growing next to your deck in your garden area, and then to learn that they actually grow wild in the woodland of NC.
    I've really enjoyed this post.

  6. sagebird52 06/24/2020

    Absolutely beautiful - all of it. Thank you .

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    treasuresmom 06/24/2020

    Those lupines are out of this world. Love your area of the country.

  8. cheryl_c 06/24/2020

    Wonderful spring-fall juxtaposition! I also love your "wild honeysuckle" (wow, how many plants share that name!) and wish we had the bright orange around our home. I also love the lupine story - if they look this good being mowed every year, it is hard to argue with success!

  9. moyra_b 06/24/2020

    So lovely, you really have an eye for beauty!

  10. spauldingmary 06/24/2020

    Loved this post.. So wonderful to see all the "ungardened" areas that Mother Nature creates for us. Thank you for sharing!

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    meander_michaele 06/24/2020

    You live in such a naturally beautiful part of the country, Piper, and are doing your part in enhancing your own little part of it. Thank you for sharing that swath of lupines which has had a chance to show off their full gloriousness this spring.

  12. btucker9675 06/24/2020

    So glad we got to see the lupines before mowing! Thank you!

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  14. Meelianthus 06/24/2020

    I didn't realize Lupines came in so many different shades, really beautiful ! And your photographing is just lovely. What a beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the views

  15. Camamum27 06/24/2020

    The lupine are fabulous, what color. Loved your Fall scenes as well. Thanks for sharing.

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