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.
Magical in its infinite variety of vegetation, it is not at all where one might expect to find grey.
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.
Neutral and grounded, grey speaks to eons of continuity and perseverance.
Its inert solidity provides the perfect contrast to green growing things which leap to life each spring.
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.
We considered natives and hybrids, Maples and Hostas, Begonias and ferns.
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.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
With Appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells
for hosting the Weekly One Word Photo Challenge