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.
Some of the fences or walls are covered with plants and include some reptilian occupants peeking back out.
These Iris were swaying in the breeze behind a fence with wide slats.
The well-tended garden below was a colorful oasis backed by a green hedge.
This home has a below ground entry that is guarded by a gate, a lion and a pot of 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.
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.
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.
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.
A bee found his way to the bloom and checked each cup carefully.