I can’t help it. Hiking a lush mountain trail, I look at the splendid scene of the rolling Blue Ridge, but then am distracted by fern bordered, mossy boulders, or a clump of Clintonia (Clintonia borealis, below). My wife agreeably stops to view False Solomon’s Seals and trilliums, and any number of ferns that I stumble to identify.

A native clump of Clintonia, with a lone Cornus canadensis poking through.
Native rhododendron along a mountain trail in western Maryland.

On a family outing, touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent Fallingwater (below), I am distracted by native rhododendron, and catalpa (below) that is flowering weeks later than in my Virginia neighborhood.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is spectacularly sited, and also an incredible piece of architecture. The photo from this perspective has been taken thousands of times, but it is splendid no matter the time of year.
Catalpa flowering in mid June at higher elevation in western Maryland, several weeks later than in my neighborhood.

Planted sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus, below), in the mostly native parking area, probably ‘Hartlage Wine’ with later flowering, large blooms, also grabs my attention. This time my son, the landscape designer, stops to admire while my wife walks merrily on, chatting with our daughters in law. There are no bad days hiking or visiting gardens (or architecture), with lots of lovely distractions.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth says:

    Love the pics Dave. Glad you and your family had a wonderful day!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    People are asking me about the catalpa that are blooming here now They are not native, but have almost naturalized. They do not seem to truly naturalize, since they do not migrate beyond landscaped areas where they get at least a bit of water through summer. Anyway, while they bloom, many people want to know what they are. They are more impressive this year than most.

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