Category Archives: Flowers

Winter Beauty

One of the lovely things about living in South Carolina is seeing plants in bloom throughout the year.

Winter Lily

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston maintains a huge variety of plantings, most in a less formal style “where humanity and nature are in harmony.” Surprises are at every turn and this Lily was holding court in a small clearing near a massive oak brought down by hurricane Matthew.

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Delicate Swamp Things *Spider Alert*

These spiders have webs all along the trails around the Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation. During our visit June 26th there was a lot of mating activity. Look closely in this photo and you will see the much smaller black male on this side of the more colorful female. An exoskeleton she recently shed  is stuck in the web just above them.

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Our guide on the walk says these spiders won’t jump out onto human passers by. I reminded myself of that a few times as we passed under some webs. We’ll return in a few weeks and see how family life is progressing.

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In the mean time the pond surfaces were active with dragonflies in a variety of colors scooping up other insects.

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Spider lilies didn’t seem to mind the heat with their roots in several inches of water.

Tropical December 24 in Connecticut

The temperature rose to nearly 70 degrees in central Connecticut today, which is most unusual for December 24th. Late this afternoon I walked around our back yard and was surprised to find a Black-Eyed Susan and a Purple Violet in bloom. Both flowers looked like they had been chewed on, likely by some bug that also shouldn’t be out at this time of year.

The Downy Woodpeckers kept to their routine as the afternoon light waned.

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Rose Garden Promises

The rose gardens at Elizabeth Park are still full of promise with fresh blooms opening daily. The plants on the archways, popular for prom and wedding photos, don’t look so healthy right now, but the bushes in the rows between range from having one or two blooms to  massive displays.

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The individual blooms are outstanding in a range of warm colors reaching for the late summer sun.531A4911

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Show Stoppers

Dahlias know how to show off with big, bold blooms with perfect form and splashy displays.

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The opening buds give a hint of what is to come.

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The plants aren’t much to look at, with solid stocks that require staking. Hartford’s Elizabeth Park has a display with above ground beds for easy removal of the tubers in the fall.

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Get up close and the detail of each bloom is a work of art.

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