Category Archives: Flowers

January Jonquils

Now in my seventh January in South Carolina I remain delighted by the winter blooming jonquils that pop up in unexpected places. In New England these would be a sure sign that spring was right around the corner. Here, winter, although shorter, is just getting started.

White Jonquil
White Jonquil

Most of the ones I’ve seen this year are yellow.

Yellow Jonquil
Yellow Jonquil

These were along the heavily wooded “nature train road” at Magnolia Plantation.

Yellow Jonquil
Yellow Jonquil

Early afternoon last week some dappled sun was reaching the blooms.

Yellow Jonquil
Yellow Jonquil

Hydrangea Bloom in the Drink

The pink of this Hydrangea bloom caught my eye from the other side of the pond and fortunately there is a bridge that let me get closer at an angle with a reflection.

Hydrangea Bloom Dipping in Pond
Hydrangea Bloom Dipping in Pond

Another version, taken a bit further away at a spot where the blue sky didn’t reflect in the water.

Hydrangea Bloom Dipping in Pond
Hydrangea Bloom Dipping in Pond

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
December 12, 2022

Daddy Long Legs on Spotted Beebalm

Daddy Long Legs spiders were climbing all over this small clump of spotted beebalm.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

The dappled sun was warming after a cool start and prey possibilities including smaller insects may have become active, too.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

I have no idea what this one is doing; I wondered if it was laying eggs but all information I’ve found says they lay their eggs in dirt.

Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm
Daddy Long Legs Spider on Spotted Beebalm

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Monarda punctata
Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint, Horsemint