Yes, my GPS took me right there. I love my Subaru, but my GPS voice always sounds so bored. In most cars there is a voice expressing satisfaction – “Arriving at destination on the left! (Wow! Aren’t I good? Aren’t you lucky to have me?)” My GPS voice – “Arriving at Destination on left…(Really? What’s the big deal? And who cares?)” Anyway, despite Ms. "I Do Not Care," I arrived and was greeted by Daniel Payne, Smiley, and Seamus– always a treat.
The native plant nursery was packed with so many goodies. I really had to rein myself in. I have learned at my age that when I buy something, I also have to plant it. I fell in love with a plant that I had never seen before- Leafy Elephant’s Foot (Elephantus carolinianus). It is native to Beaufort County and has tiny little bluish flowers. And of course, I had to have some Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) to give me some height in the garden. And I cannot get enough of Wild Ageratum (Conoclinium coelestinum)
I was loading up my cart so quickly that thank goodness, the invoice that Danny printed out for me had the scientific name of the plant, common name, and where it was found.
I am currently taking an online course from Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury on Naturalistic Planting – the hottest thing in horticulture world-wide right now.
More natives are being used in landscape plans, but they are mixed in with non native plants as well for texture and color. You do not have to choose either one or the other.
I would love to dig up some of the wildflowers that I see along the roadsides, but the one time I did, I got people slowing down to 1. Ask if I was alright 2. Check to see if I burying a body. I will leave the plant rescue to Danny.
Give Naturescapes a visit and check out their excellent website.
48 Sherman Dr. Beaufort, SC (I had trouble with the link below, but you can google Naturescapes and be taken right to the site - gremlins in my 11 year old computer?)