On Disturbed Ground

Low Bush Blueberry

Some of the best wildflower hunting comes in the fields, on the roadsides, and in the ditches and waste places that every wildflower guide describes as “disturbed ground”.

These photos were taken under power lines on a hill above Concord, N.H. The low bush blueberry, goldenrod, and heath asters never have to fear trees and shade here, for the episodic cutting will never let trees grow.

And hidden among the stands of bog laurel and field ferns one comes upon rarities, such as this narrow leaved gentian-

This gentian was blooming in a wet area along side the access road.

In the drier areas there were the goldenrods.

Showy Goldenrod
Grass leaved Goldenrod
More Showy Goldenrods

These photos were taken in early September when the mosquitoes were few and the ticks had gone to ground.

The white topped aster with field ferns
Field aster

A Note to Readers

For more than 30 years I gardened in Tennessee. But I was raised in New England, and have now returned to New Hampshire, where I am taking care of and renovating my sister’s garden on a hill south of Concord. I have traded crepe myrtles and crinums for campanulas. Perhaps my experiences will be useful to others wondering how to garden on acid blueberry barrens studded with pebbles.