Things have been rather busy around the Faire Garden and beyond lately, as in the last seven days or so. There have been miles added to the odometers of vehicles and suitcases not to mention plants lugged hither and yon. There have been face to face, not just virtual hugs and garden hikes that required physical stamina, not to mention so much talking that throats become dry and parched, like the soil of said gardens. From the above photo can you guess where this traveling reality show went first? The plant is Angelica gigas,
one of several self sown wonders in the mountainside garden ofChristopher C. of Outside Clyde
While this shot does not qualify for my search for the Holy Grail of nature photography, the clear and focused hummingbird picture, this feeder on the porch of the resident gardeners outside Clyde, North Carolina, was drawing more of the little birds than I have ever seen at one time. We were talking and quite close, but these were some hungry feathered friends and were not bashful.
The terrifying Uncle Ernie was much larger than this photo shows, he towers over the veggie bed by the scenic roadside and strikes fear in the hearts of raccoons, it is hoped.
Onward to Asheville for the paper signing to finalize the ownership of the best ice cream shop ever, The Hop. Located at 640 Merrimon, suite 103 in beautiful Asheville, as mentioned in our one and only ad on the sidebar of this blog, we are joint owners with offspring Brokenbeat and his wife. Do stop by if you are in the area and partake to your stomach’s delight.
Can you tell where our next stop has taken this traveling blog show? Does the pig with sunglasses stir any memories of whimsical posts? Do notice the two pairs of gardening shoes, one belonging to the guest garden worker. Can you guess which ones are whose?
Located on a cedar glade, (that should be a giveaway), in an older neighborhood with mature trees and lots of character in a city that is a state capital as well as a center of music of a certain twangy flavor, the perfect hostessGail of Clay and Limestone
took very good care of a weary vagabond.
Her garden was a shady oasis on hot summery days with lots of wildlife abounding, including squirrels taking target practice with half eaten Shagbark hickory nuts on the unsuspecting weed pulling plant movers below. Where was that hardhat?
A diner on the parsley was even discovered chomping happily.
There was art galore, inside and out to admire and inquire about. Our hostess confessed to making this striking stained glass herself. A light behind it illuminates the reds and blues at night and lends an air of the divine as tea was sipped on the breezy front porch. Ahhhh.
Every room was adorned with wonderful and special one of a kind pieces. This neon Saturn helped one see to brush their teeth in the guest bathroom.
Of course plants were given and received at each stop with a wary thanks expressed by all parties. This Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’
will be given a good home in the Faire Garden along with many other wonderful gifts from both Christopher and Gail. We will do our best to give them loving and appropriate care for optimum growth and vitality.
A final blog themed event, in addition to an offspring of offspring’s birthday party in between the East West travelogue was a meet up with several Tennessee bloggers for a first time meeting for some, and revisit for others. The rare faces photo shown above includes Tina from
In The Garden , Dave from The Home Garden , Donna from
Mother Nature’s Garden and DP from
Square Foot Gardening In Nashville in addition to Gail and the cutest little almost three year old blogger in training ever. Many thanks to Tina and her friend Geri for this nice photo.
We do hope to get back into our own garden to plant our new purchases and gifts soon. The bed will feel comfortable and familiar tonight as we nestle into the imprint our body has diligently carved into the mattress, giving us a good rest for the getting back to normal routine that always accompanies a trip away. Many thanks to all and we do hope to see you again soon!
(The pink shoes are ours.)
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