Category Archives: Flowers

Swamp Spider Lily

Spider Lilies, or Swamp Lilies–take your pick. I’ve heard them called both and a Google search finds an overwhelming number of variations on each name.

Spider Lily
Spider Lily

I do not know if these particular ones naturalized on their own around the swamp or if they were planted. The flowers are short lived, especially in the heat, and it is a delight to spot them in fresh bloom.

Spider Lily
Spider Lily

October 18, 2019

Wildflowers and Guests

South Carolina’s Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is composed of 31 square miles on two barrier islands and include some open fields where these wildflowers were blooming earlier this month.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

The field was surrounded by a wet ditch so I didn’t get real close, but a few plants were growing on edge of the dirt roadway.

Pink Wildflowers
Pink Wildflowers

It was very breezy that day and only a few tenacious insects were flying around. This was good for keeping mosquitoes away but not so good for photographing bouncing blossoms.

Pink Wildflowers and Bee
Pink Wildflowers and Bee

An unknown caterpillar was munching his way to the top of this plant.

Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar
Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar

Down But Not Out

I was happy to see this aged and fallen Rose of Sharon left in place on a lawn at Rose Hill Plantation. While not thriving, it provided a nice burst of color when the actual roses in the formal gardens on the property had gone dormant.

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

Many blooms were managing just fine and were a very intense color.

Rose of Sharon Bloom
Rose of Sharon Bloom

A few bees buzzed around in the late morning heat, 90 plus degrees F (32 Degrees C).

Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee
Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee

This one got stuck down in the flower’s center then crawled his way up a petal, curling it as he went, to get out. I wondered if he was carrying too much pollen to lift off, but he eventually made it.

Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee
Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee

Bee on Trumpet Vine

It was a lazy summer afternoon and a few rather large bees buzzed around a group of Trumpet Vine trumpets. They enter the blossoms head first…

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

… then awkwardly back out.

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

Lift off to the next flower.

Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower

This one appeared to pause for a moment on the flower ruffle.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

Pollen sacks loaded but they kept working, this time with a sideways maneuver into the blossom.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

 

Flowers Around the Swamp

A saw a wide range of colorful blooms in a walk around Magnolia Gardens last week.

A single Morning Glory blossom had opened for the sun pushing a strand of spider web.

Pink Morning Glory
Pink Morning Glory

The Black-eyed Susans were looking a bit bedraggled from the previous afternoon’s pounding rain.

Pair of Black-eyed Susans
Pair of Black-eyed Susans

Texas Star Hibiscus shouts out for attention wherever it blooms.

Red Texas Star Hibiscus
Red Texas Star Hibiscus

This stem of delicate orange blossoms in the shade hadn’t quite dried off. I haven’t noticed it before but sure will look again when I return.

Orange Blooms
Orange Blooms

Orange-yellow Canna Lily

There is a small patch of Canna Lilies at the edge of the big field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s a wet spot and the lilies and cattails seem pretty happy there.

Orange Canna Lily with Cattails
Orange Canna Lily with Cattails

This dragonfly found an unfurled blossom a nice place to perch on a hot day. True to form he lifted off just as I was ready to shoot then returned to the exact same spot,

Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly
Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly

The orange and yellow combination of the flowers is quite attractive, shouting out “summer!”

Orange Canna Lily Bloom
Orange Canna Lily Bloom