Do you remember the Where’s Waldo books?
My daughter and I enjoyed them when she was just learning to read.
We would page through the drawings, competing with one another to find “Waldo” before the other one could.
A friend came with my partner and me to visit at Forest Lane Botanicals today.
We enjoyed the company of a beautiful blue dragonfly as we admired Alan and Wendy’s Pitcher Plant collection.
Have you found the dragonfly in the photos yet ? (The dragonfly appears in the first, second and fourth photos. It may be in the third one, and I just haven’t noticed it …)
We could also hear the frogs, but never spotted them today, sadly. We found a few tadpoles darting around the partially submerged pots, and heard a tell-tale “splash” as we drew near.
Mostly we enjoyed Alan’s guidance to the garden, and the sheer pleasure of wandering around discovering one beautiful plant after another.
We especially enjoyed the many varieties of Hosta and fern in the garden. We can grow the ferns, but our attempts at Hosta are usually “grazed short” by our visiting deer.
We are always inspired with new ideas as we explore what Alan and Wendy Wubbels have done with their shade garden.
We left with pots of new treasures to grow and share.
I with a Saxifraga stolonifera, Strawberry Begonia or Strawberry Geranium- (both common names are used) and my friend with a pot of beautiful Selaginella, or Spikemoss.
Both will grow in the cool shade in beds beneath mature trees in our gardens.
Readers in Eastern Virginia who have not yet visited Forest Lane Botanicals nursery will be delighted once you find them.
A gardening friend told me about Alan and Wendy’s nursery last summer, but it took us nearly a year to make our first visit.
We are so glad we did. Now we enjoy watching the gardens evolve as spring turns to summer.
There is always something new to notice and enjoy.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
All photos were take at Forest Lane Botanicals in York County, Virginia