Category Archives: Flowers

Iris Reflection

Falling into the swamp lined with duck weed this stem of purple Iris created a colorful reflection.

Purple Iris
Purple Iris

Depending on where I stood the water either reflected the sky or the green fronds of the standing patch of iris.

Purple Iris Patch
Purple Iris Patch

A closer look at the stem reveals flowers in various stages of bloom.

Purple Iris
Purple Iris

This last image was taken about an hour later from about the same spot as the first one above, with the sun no longer directly on the flower.

Purple Iris
Purple Iris

Garden Peeks

Gardens are tucked into the sides and rear of many homes on the Charleston Peninsula where space is at a premium. Most are separated from the sidewalk in this residential area by fences and gates but peeking through on a casual walk around these neighborhoods reveals many delights.

Large Succulent Through the Fence
Large Succulent Through the Fence

Some of the fences or walls are covered with plants and include some reptilian occupants peeking back out.

Lizard Peaking Out
Lizard Peaking Out

These Iris were swaying in the breeze behind a fence with wide slats.

Iris Through the Fence
Iris Through the Fence

The well-tended garden below was a colorful oasis backed by a green hedge.

Annuals through the fence
Annuals through the fence

This home has a below ground entry that is guarded by a gate, a lion and a pot of geraniums.

Lion Guarding Red Geraniums
Lion Guarding Red Geraniums

Many of the house lots are so narrow that there is just the house and the paved area to one side. Pots are the only way to make a garden here.

Flower Pots inside the gate
Flower Pots inside the gate

Dressed For Spring

We wandered the Charleston, SC peninsula along Church, Water and King Streets yesterday morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing presentation of flower boxes.

Window Box
Window Box set in the window

Houses and businesses of all architectural styles have decorated with flowers.

Window Box
Window Box hanging over the side walk

Some of the containers match the building and others are a cascade of flowers and you can’t really tell.

Window Box
Window Box – pink petunias

Most of these are private homes and plantation shutters for privacy on the inside are common.

Window Box
Window Box with Hydrangeas

Most of these buildings also have functional exterior shutters that can be closed for hurricanes.

Window Box
Window Boxes on brick exterior

Many of the boxes stuck to a monochromatic theme.

Window Box
Window Box with pink flowers

This little garden seems overloaded with color and style.

Window Box
Window Box

Azalea Season

One of the most photographed spots at Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Long White Bridge is a hot spot of activity this week with the Azaleas in full bloom.

Long White Bridge
Long White Bridge and Azaleas – click for larger view

This has been a banner year for Azaleas in the tri-county area. After last year’s disappointment with a late March freeze that severely limited the blooms, the colors are especially welcome this spring.

Fall Blooming Narcissus

Narcissus are touted as spring blooming plants but here we are in December and once again this year I’ve spotted some gracing the pathway to the dike around the old rice field we frequent.

This path is lined with huge trees and not much light reaches the ground in any season making it a surprise that these bulbs can rejuvenate year after year. This is not an area that is currently being tended and doesn’t look like it has for some number of years.

Narcissus
Narcissus

A bee found his way to the bloom and checked each cup carefully.

Narcissus
Narcissus

Click on either photo for larger view.