You don’t need an epic adventure to witness Maine’s beauty

Greg Stevens

Bees threaded by spikes of lavender, drawing nectar from the plant’s aromatic purple bouquets. I knelt down and leaned in shut to breathe in the loaded scent and pay attention to the hum of the pollinators.

It was a warm July day with shifting clouds that often sprinkled down rain. My mother and I were wandering the Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum, a 91-acre house in Hermon that is owned and managed by the nonprofit Ecotat Rely on. Open to the general public, it is a attractive, quiet location to study about plants, equally cultivated and wild.

“I will need to improve some of this in my gardens,” my mom, Joyce, stated as we inspected the tall cluster of lavender. She’s always loved the scent.

As we walked from flower bed to flower mattress, I used the cell application Look for to establish the crops we didn’t figure out. Large purple balloon flowers and white musk mallow blossoms caught our consideration, as did a coral honeysuckle vine, which sported sizzling pink and yellow bouquets.

Ecotat also capabilities a network of forest paths that complete about 1.5 miles. There we uncovered an region of the forest included with small yellow flowers on tall, skinny stems. I think it was a plant known as wall lettuce, which is a nonnative perennial that thrives in forests.

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