The spring gardens this year are magnificent at our Asheville bed and Breakfast. Everywhere you look flowers are blooming. We have been cutting peonies (my favorite flower) all week for the Inn. The scent throughout the house could not be lovelier. I will be so disappointed when we see the last of them, which unfortunately is going to be soon. I won’t be sad too long because next up to bloom will be the Hydrangeas, another favorite of mine. As of today, we still have blooming rhododendron, azeleas and Mountain Laurel. In the perennial garden there are hostas, astilibe, Bellflower, Green and Gold and native Jacobs Ladder just to name a few. We have a slope of iris and blooming rose bushes that will continue through summer.
Our perennial garden is way out of control and will need some love and care this fall. We will be doing a lot of separating and replanting in the fall. There is no shortage of space for us to keep expanding the perennial garden.
We have had a lot of rain this spring which has been a blessing and a curse. The yard is really green and lush but the gardens have been plagued with a lot of weeds. It seems the 20 yards of mulch we laid in April has been of little help keeping the weeds at bay. Almost every day you can find my dad out in the yard on his knees working away pulling weeds. He use to maintain the entire yard and gardens, but it’s become a little too much for him to handle so, Jose our “yard guy” has been doing a great job keeping up with the almost 2 acres of gardens and yard.
Just a few blocks away from this Asheville inn is the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. There you will find a collection of 600 species native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Garden is home to 50 species that are considered uncommon, rare or endangered. Within the ten acres that comprise the Gardens, a walking trail forming a half-mile loop leads visitors across bridges spanning streams, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. At this time of year the slopes are covered with thousands of flowers such as Trilliums, Crested Dwarf, Spring-beauties, Wild Geranium and Foamflower. As we move into Summer the gardens will be full of members of the Aster family such as Joe-pye Weed, Blazing-star, Goldenrod and Coneflower. For a full description of blooming flowers by month, please see their website. Admission is free but a donation is recommended.
It’s also a great time to visit the North Carolina Arboretum. The 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest is located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a 10 minute drive from Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast . There are over 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. For a short but beautiful hike we recommend the Azelea Collection Trail (.5) mile. The trail takes you through the National Native Azelea Collection and the Fern Loop. The Fern Loop takes you along a natural mountain wetland where you will encounter a Rhododendron thicket. Admission is 8.00. For more information visit their website.
Although spring and early summer are a gardener’s paradise, natural beauty abounds all year round in Asheville. All of the pictures were taken at this Asheville B & B. Please visit our website www.pinecrestbb.com or give us a call 888-811-3053 for more information or booking your reservation.