Tag Archives: Flowers

Insects on Irises

It was a dull day and my images of the Japanese Iris border at Swan Lake and Iris Gardens didn’t amount to much. The insect activity on the iris flowers was much more interesting.

Here a bee is backing out of the flower center after adding to his pollen cache.

Bee on Iris
Bee on Iris

He buzzed around the back of the flower and if you zoom in you can see one tiny leg sticking out from the right side of the stem under the petal stem. I didn’t see the second insect on the petal until I was developing the images.

Insect on Iris
Insect on Iris – click on image to enlarge

A small spider crawled all over the petals of this delacately colored bloom.

Spider on Iris
Spider on Iris

Meanwhile a Skipper was touching all the parts of the next flower over.

Skipper on Iris
Skipper on Iris

This is a section of the Iris border that is on a pond. There is a dragonfly perched  on a frond just left and below center–another one I spotted after I got home. I expect there was more insect activity that wasn’t as obvious.

Dragonfly on Iris
Iris Border with a Dragonfly

Prickly Poppy

I spotted groups of these white flowers in several spots on a recent drive through Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy

The spot I photographed these had a mowed path leading towards them so that I could get close, but the abundance of ant hills kept me from taking additional shots, including one of the full plant. I’ve avoided ant bites since moving to South Carolina, and I want to keep it that way.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy

The abundance of thorns on the stems and sharp leaves would prohibit picking a vaseful. My research to identify the flower also found that all parts of this plant are toxic in some way to humans, from the spines that contain skin irritating substances to the seeds which are poisonous.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy

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.