There is now another Fairegarden of the alternative universe. The southeast Tennessee garden remains as numero uno, but another space has been added to the bits of earth under our sensitive, we hope, cultivation. It lies in western North Carolina, and will be thought of as our home away from home.
Since our influence on the garden building there will be occasional and intermittant rather than the intensive daily intervention that occurs in FG-TN, the planting must be as close to maintenance free as a garden can be. The plan is to add natives of the region, studying and learning what will grow best in the part shade, moist and sandy soil. There will be observation to see what is naturally occuring there, what wildflowers will spring forth in spring. We will watch as seeds now exposed to sunlight from grading by heavy machinery germinate when the time and conditions are right.
So far heroic restraint has been exercized in the purchasing of new plants for this virgin soil. The natives only rule helps eliminate many impulsive buys, and the fact the the ground is frozen. But, of course there has to be a but with plant buying, a couple of things are ready to be placed when conditions allow. Two winterberries and their male, Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ and ‘Southern Gentleman’ wait patiently with switchgrass, Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. We feel confident that these were wise buys. Lists have been made of other shrubs and perennials, seeds that can be gathered in Tennessee and scattered, divisions taken from our old friends growing happily in FG-TN that are also natives of the similar space on the other side of the mountains.
Don’t forget the monthly meme of Wildflower Wednesday, sponsored by my dear friend and fellow blogger Gail of Clay and Limestone on the fourth Wednesday. Do scoot over there to see what wildflowers are featured and/or leave the link for your posting.
ps. The details of the where, why and how of FG-NC are purposely vague. That is intentional. For blogging purposes, that is irrelevant. What matters is the dirt and what goes into it. There are some sketches already on the paper in my mind. But frozen ground forces patience. There will be updates.