Cottage blooms, spring 2016 (5 photos)

Cottage blooms, spring 2016 (5 photos)

Snow was forecast for today, but it didn’t happen.  Spring, however, is evident in the earliest blooms on the cottage grounds and in the cottage garden! Flowering Quince, an early bloomer.  An old cottage garden favorite.   Hummingbirds enjoy the Flowering Quince blossoms.  Nectar is scarce in early spring.  I haven’t seen a hummer yet, … Continue reading

Lavender Iris, 2015 (4 photos)

Lavender Iris, 2015 (4 photos)

I’m still moving Irises.  The bed where I planted the beautiful pink Iris (Light Iris, 2014) proved to be too wet, so they have been transplanted to higher ground (2016).  Finding just the right spot for just the right plant is vexing, as my experienced gardener friend Sue and I spent quite a few hours … Continue reading

The Cottage Backwoods (5 photos)

The Cottage Backwoods (5 photos)

About half (I think) of the cottage grounds are wild woods.  The further back into the property, the deeper the woods.  Pine, dogwood, beech, oak, cedar and other native trees are densely thriving. Late autumn Beech Late winter Beech Pine Cedar at Christmas The seasonal stream in the backwoods full and flowing as it drains … Continue reading

Big Water 2015 (4 photos)

Big Water 2015 (4 photos)

There was so much rain at autumn’s end 2015, that smaller waterfalls were running full and beautiful.  These falls are no more than a trickle much of the year.Laurel Falls – Stone Door Dappled sunlight through the Hemlock treesLaurel Falls – Stone Door trail Boardtree Falls cascades – Greeter Falls trail Boardtree Falls rim – … Continue reading

Autumn Hiking 2015 (4 photos)

Autumn Hiking 2015 (4 photos)

2015 was a very wet year at the cottage, and in the park.  Wet weather = good waterfallin!Upper Greeter Falls Along the Fiery Gizzard Trail Then there were the rainy days during peak leaf season…made the best of it, though.           Grundy Lakes Once, the sun came out for just a few … Continue reading

Wildflowers (4 photos)

Wildflowers (4 photos)

Some wildflower photographs from past hikes around and about the cottage. The woodland trails will soon be alive with the native azaleas.  Woodland phlox, growing in the pine forest in the cottage back yard. Not always butterflies, pollinators love the thistle when it grows in the cottage meadow. Another shot of the sweet wild Azalea … Continue reading

Cottage Pollinators 2015 (4 photos)

Cottage Pollinators 2015 (4 photos)

It’s been awhile, yes. I’ve been at the cottage though, off and on and here and there.  These were some of last summer’s (2015) visitors.  My journal is for fun, and I appreciate any feedback if I’ve misstated or misnamed a species…it’s all a learning curve for me in the Garden of Ignorance (see my … Continue reading

Rocky Top

Rocky Top

Time for a bit of geology.  Here’s a simple description, found on the internet.  “The rock strata of the Cumberland Plateau consist primarily of sandstone (cap rock) resting on layers of limestone. The Plateau exists today because sandstone is more resistant to erosion than limestone, which easily erodes by slightly acidic percolating groundwater. This combination of sandstone … Continue reading