We're back from Maine, and while I DO have a lot of pictures, I don't have any for this post. There were a number of things I noted on this trip, all related to gardens, plants or the critters that inhabit them. I guess you can take the girl out of the garden, but you can't take the garden out of the girl. So what did I notice on this trip to Maine? Here are a few . . . .
- The spruces and firs were not dense and full like here, they were very layered. The foliage was in distinct layers, which was beautiful, but it made some trees hard to identify from a distance.
- There are ferns of all sizes, from 2 inches high to 4 feet high, and they are all over the place, in shade and sun. Maine should be the Fern State, not the Pine State.
- Hiking in Acadia National Park is a feast for the senses. You hear all sorts of bird calls and the trickle of little rills and streams, there are more wonderful trees and plants than you can imagine, and if you aren't smelling the wonderful smell of the sea, you are catching hints of the even wonderfuller (yes, I meant to say that) scent of Balsam fir. Right now, I don't think anything smells better than Balsam fir.
- There are little gardens everywhere. Maine folks love their flowers, it seems. If there's a little patch of ground, then there's something blooming there. Most of the gardens look very cottagey, which was just fine with me.
- There were wildflowers blooming all over the place. And the cool thing about these "wildflowers" to me is that many of them are versions of things I have growing in my own garden. Some examples include harebells (campanula), black eyed Susans (rudbeckia), goldenrod (solidago) and a wild version of agastache. No matter where I went, I felt like I was in the middle of a garden.
- On a very cool, windy and rainy day in Bar Harbor, when I stopped to admire a little front yard garden, I saw bumblebees flying and visiting the flowers. On a rainy day. And yes, it was raining and blowing at the time. I guess the growing season is short and there is a lot of rain, so the bees have to gather nectar and pollen when they can.
Although there was a lot of rain during the week we were there, all of us had a wonderful time. So wonderful, in fact, we are already talking about a return trip. And next time, we'll drive so we can bring more treasures home.