Once upon a Monday I drove 68 miles (one way) to meet a woman who sells very inexpensive plants from her home. I told Bob about going and he quickly quipped: “With the price of gas being almost $4.00 a gallon just how much money are you saving here?”
Well, I had to admit that it was probably next to nothing in savings, but hey, it afforded me the opportunity to get out with my camera and see some more of Alabama, as well as the chance to talk to someone besides kitties, dogs, and chickens!
On my way I stopped and took a few photos of:
A derelict old building…
Lead Paint over Stucco
A covered foot bridge…
A Cowboy Church…
The church’s concept is intriguing don’t you think?
Note the hay bale bench on the left, and the corral on the side!
and the Dam Cafe which “…serves damn fine BBQ too!” Or so I’ve been told… 😉
NOTE: Having been highly recommended by the lovely Plant Lady, I wanted to stop in on the way out and get some for that night’s dinner, but they were closed!
Then I followed a very curvy road through an oak forest to arrive here!
(I wish this image was sharper, but you get the effect at any rate.)
The Plant Lady told me that they had found an old house that was being torn down, so they acquired these doors and retrofit them to make an entry to their screen porch! I, of course, love her color choice! Don’t you?
Now when I left that morning I had imagined that I would get my plants and be off, but as it happens, the lovely lady who lives here was a chicken lover like myself,
This is the biggest rooster I have ever seen! He must have been over two feet tall! Well, OK I’m embellishing a bit, but he really was very big!
and an artist as well as gardener of native plants!
This garden is a mix of native and other plantings, but it is done with a very natural effect! It was very peaceful here.
And so it was that we ended up spending the afternoon together talking about the things that were important to us. Her plants, native gardening, her children, and the state of the school system were among the many topics discussed.
During this time we walked across the road to see one of many inlets along the Tennessee River.
On our return I saw a shy Red Fox in the tree studded meadow behind her home. How I wished I could have gotten close enough to get a better shot! Having never seen one in the wild before I found myself holding my breath, as if in so doing he might linger for my camera’s lens, but he did not! Instead he ran off into the deeper grass and disappeared from view altogether. I must admit that I was only a little bit disappointed at not getting a better photograph, because after all… the very fact that I got to see him was a gift.
All too soon it was time to go home and I had over an hours drive ahead of me. It is a funny thing, but driving back the way you came, the miles seem fly by and you arrive home in no time at all!
So what did I get from the lovely plant lady? Red bud trees, Joseph’s coat ground cover, Lamb’s Ears, Monarda (aka: red bee balm) variegated Solomon’s Seal, Wild Phlox, and May Apples! All the native plants went out under the Fringe Tree at the head of the drive, and the trees (also native) are to be planted along the edge of our parking area giving us a gorgeous view in spring, and a bit of shade in summer…
Perhaps more importantly I made a new friend, and that is priceless!
Notes: These photos of my visit were taken on April 24 of 2011, three days prior to the horrible tornado outbreak in our region. Hence, my delay in posting this lovely visit. Sorry it took me so long.
Also, out of respect for the plant lady’s wishes, I’ve restricted my photos to the environment about her home. Just in case you wondered. Oh yes, and the lovely lady and her family were all OK!!! 🙂