One Word Photo Challenge: Grey

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Wendy and Alan Wubbel’s forest garden at Forest Lane Botanicals in York County is lush with growth in every shade of green, silver, burgundy, pink, orange, and chartreuse.

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Magical in its infinite variety of vegetation, it is not at all where one might expect to find grey.

Wendy and Alan's display gardens at Forest Lane Botanicals.

Wendy and Alan’s display gardens at Forest Lane Botanicals.

And yet grey is the foil, the backdrop, which makes the plants pop.

Stone and concrete, weathered wood and leaves traced in silver soothe the eye; offering a spot to rest one’s eyes from the myriad details of their lush landscape.

Fairy garden designed by Wendy Wubbel.

Fairy garden with miniature Hostas,  designed by Wendy Wubbel .

 

Neutral and grounded, grey speaks to eons of continuity and perseverance.

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Its inert solidity provides the perfect contrast to green growing things which leap to life each spring.

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Wendy and Alan, welcoming and brimming with talk about their wonderful plants, greeted us this morning and led us around every path of the garden.

Another of Wendy's magical fairy gardens.

Another of Wendy’s magical fairy gardens.

We considered natives and hybrids, Maples and Hostas, Begonias and ferns.

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They offered initiation into growing a new genus:  the pitcher plant,  Sarracenia. 

Loving full sun, wet feet and dry ankles, as Wendy explained, we have the perfect spot to grow the pitcher plant we brought home with us:  in the new grey hypertufa  pot I’m already planning to cast for it.

All photos in this post were taken at Forest Lane Botanicals in York County, Virginia.

All photos in this post were taken at Forest Lane Botanicals in York County, Virginia.

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

With Appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells 

for hosting the Weekly One Word Photo Challenge

 

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

5 responses to “One Word Photo Challenge: Grey

  1. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Grey | Nola Roots, Texas Heart

  2. I have a new respect for the color grey! Thanks you for sharing these beautiful photos. 🙂

    • Thank you for visiting Forest Garden today 😉 Every color holds beauty, if only it is properly seen. I love the grey rock along the roadsides in the Blue Ridge in winter, when water seeping through the cracks has frozen into sculpted “waterfalls” of ice. Best wishes, WG

  3. WG, I can’t thank you enough for steering me towards this wonderful nursery. I spent the day yesterday planting the things I bought there this past weekend.

    • Oh Barbara, it is endlessly tempting! There is no shortage of unique plants to try. Did you visit the upper deck and see Wendy’s Begonias? And we found the perennial Begonias just peaking up in one of the beds. So glad you found a few treasures to bring home. I got the variegated iris, a hummingbird attracting native that Alan recommends, and a pot of pitcher plant. Such riches! Best wishes, WG

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