I was walking around the lot today and noticed a lot of plants with tall, spikey flowers starting to form. It took a bit of searching but I was able to identify the plant as black cohosh (Actaea racemosa).
Black cohosh is a medicinal herb that has been used to treat a variety of gynecological problems and age-related disorders like osteoporosis. I don't put a lot of stock in herbal remedies but it's fun to discover native plants that are attractive and beneficial.
We have a lot of rock and stone on our site. I guess you could say that neoTerra is half Star Trek and half Flintstones. It certainly makes for some interesting contrasts.
I built my first dry-stack stone wall and I'm fairly happy with the way it turned out. It sure is a lot of work gathering and fitting the stones but I think it will be pretty stable.
We are planting a variety of azaleas and rhododendrons around the house to create a woodland garden and bring some color to the landscape. We have a lot of ground to cover and a limited budget so we're starting with teeny-weeny plants. But some of them have started blooming so we get to enjoy a bit of instant gratification :-)