Today’s photos come from Kelly Gage in North Carolina.
An unusually heavy December snowfall for North Carolina totaled 15 inches! It wasn’t fun to drive in, but it sure was beautiful to look at.
Early spring in the woods, when the new leaves on the trees are that freshest, almost translucent, bright spring green.
Spanish flag (Mina lobata, annual) is an unusual but easy-to-grow annual vine that blooms all summer with sprays of blossoms that shade from red through orange to yellow.
Roses and clematis are classic combinations, and they look so beautiful here growing together. The two plants like similar conditions, including rich, well-drained soils. The strong stems of a rose can provide support for the vining stems of the clematis, and as you see here, the different colors and shapes of their flowers complement each other beautifully. Just be sure to choose a clematis that isn’t overly vigorous so that it doesn’t smother the rose it is growing through.
As beautiful as clematis flowers are, their seed heads are just as wonderful, developing into these long-lasting tufts of silky threads that provide great interest in the garden long after the flowers have faded.
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum, Zones 4–9) is a classic woodland wildflower over much of eastern North America. There is a lot of variation in this species, with some populations flushed a darker color, but this form is a particularly beautiful bright, clear green, with very pronounced white veins on the leaves.
A wide view of the garden, a little horticultural paradise surrounded by a tall wall of trees.
I believe this is a species of coral root orchid (Corallorhiza sp.), a genus that is native to much of North America. These are unusual plants because they are myco-heterotrophic, which means that instead of making food by photosynthesizing, they obtain nutrients from the fungus in the soil.
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