I’ve had not one, but two opportunities to be in the North Carolina mountains this summer. What a wonderful counterpoint to Newport – vistas of rolling mountains versus long ocean views – cool and misty (curl up time) versus hot and hurried; I love the contrast . Join me as I take a quiet moment to peruse some of my favorite pictures of gardens to be found in this idyllic area (where a gnome or fairy almost promises to be hiding under a large hosta leaf…or waiting around every turn in the path.)
Highlands, like other favored get-away spots in the North Carolina mountains, beckons with its verdant lushness, its abundant plants that thrive from the cool mountain air and evening mist. Every garden is a study in informal chic, not too perfect or over manicured, as witnessed by the lichen on so many surfaces.
A welcoming courtyard sets the tone for an evening of good friends, stimulating conversation, funny stories and delicious food. Thank you, Joan!
As the sun was setting, the Moorish-style lanterns awaited their turn to cast a magical glow upon the dinner guests and to highlight the white flowers.
Bold stripes of black and white accented with fuchsia napkins and flowers added a humorous note to the intimate party of 16 on the tented stone terrace.
The back garden’s wooden gazebo with its twig-detailed fence is another fetching alternative for al fresco dining.
Just a few steps away, the garden room with its cathedral ceiling and dramatic window just invites a tête à tête.
It’s contrast that oftentimes spells “chic”- acidic lime and chartreuse green fruit, in round smooth shapes, nestle in a capacious pinecone bowl.
And I’ll finish with a bit more rustic whimsy from another friend’s Highlands garden…
Stay cool, and enjoy these last few days of summer.