A nearly perfect Camellia Blossom, sheltered from the night’s light frost.
These white flowers were poking out of some scraggly brush on the walk around the old rice field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Perhaps a Camelia variety, they were the only flowers I saw in this mile and a quarter (2 KM) stretch on December 10.
The blooms were a little raggedy looking, but attracted a steady flow of bees and other small insects.
They were making the most of the situation on a 70 degree F (21 C) morning.
Camellias are popping out all around the South Carolina low-country. While any open bloom will be ruined by freezing temperatures they will produce all winter long.
We’ve only had a few nights with light frost and blooms that have opened in between are quite elegant. And attract whatever insects might be enjoying a sunny day, too.
This burst of yellow called out when I passed down a narrow path on a recent afternoon at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The plant was large, these blooms were slightly above my eye level.
Regrettably I didn’t even look for a plant tag but did get one isolated flower, looking something like a ballerina.
December 10, 2020
These images were taken in the same tidal inlet as my post All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young.
It is probably the same family as mother Alligators are very territorial.
The tide was in and the juvenile Alligators were having some swim practice.
I didn’t see mamma, but you can be sure she wasn’t far off as the youngsters explored.
This last fellow was working on his “just floating” pose.
I was looking at some wild asters, hoping to frame a shot when a Long-tailed Skipper flitted into the picture.
A few rain drops on the first flower made a nice accent, too.
You may have noticed I have a thing for Morning Glories. I bought and planted a packet of seeds in the spring. I was excited when a few vines sprouted. Then, nothing. All summer long.
About two weeks ago Ted spotted one bloom at the top of the arbor. I was happy I hadn’t take the vine down. The vines grew. Then suddenly this:
For any non-gardeners, these are one day blooms that will be shriveled up by the end of the day.
We had some rain shortly after the sun came up which made some interesting patterns.
This one lagged behind opening.
The blossom itself is quite delicate, I’m not sure what caused this damage.
I do hope the plant can take a touch of frost; the weather forecast is predicting 38 F (3 C) for tonight. Not that they are ever wrong!
Taken Sunday, November 1, 2020
These wild pink Morning Glories have put on an amazing show this fall. I’ve yet to get a good composition of a mass of them; here’s a small slice.
Not surprisingly there are plenty of bees and other insects.
Occasionally, a small grouping stands apart, like this upright trio.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 20, 2020
The flower stem was tall and my path was slightly below the flowerbed level giving me a look straight onto this Zinnia blossom.