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House Museum at Middleton Place

On a cloudy day the South Flanker across the great lawn was sprinkled with sheep.

Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker
Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker, Colorful Lantana at the Wall

One of the flock is always playing catch up.

Lone Sheep Crossing The Lawn
Lone Sheep Crossing The Lawn

July 7, 2021


Prior to the Civil War the main house was flanked by the North Flanker and the South Flanker, which was built in 1755 as gentlemen’s guest quarters and a business office.

 

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair, Singing

Well, it’s rather a harsh song, and can grate on your nerves if you are sharing space with them near a boat launch. That’s where I spotted this pair, the male trying really hard to impress the female.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

When they are in the shade the grackle’s blue iridescent feathers don’t show off much but they make a nice silhouette.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

The male’s efforts didn’t seem to be making enough impression.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

Hmm, I can ignore you, too!

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

White Iris

I found these White Iris on the edge of a pond that had been severely trimmed back of other vegetation last fall.

White Iris with Insects
White Iris with Small Green Spider and Tiny Black Spider (?)

The Iris are thriving.

White Iris
White Iris

These second two look like different varieties than the first one, with smooth edges to the petals.

White Iris Single Bloom
White Iris Single Bloom

Magnolia Plantation House, Spring Views

There’s not much for non-green color going on in the front of the Magnolia Plantation House right now, except the Wisteria draping the trees to the left and a bit of Azalea peaking up on the right.

Magnolia Plantation House
Magnolia Plantation House

On the river side, Azaleas were putting on a good show.

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Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

March 29, 2021
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

Azalea Singles

Azaleas have been outdoing themselves the last couple weeks here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I was pleased to find these two Azalea blossom groupings standing away from the crowd.

Pink Azalea Blossom
Pink Azalea Blossom

These were in a hedge that was left more natural, which I generally prefer over the precisely manicured way.

Pink Azalea Blossom
Pink Azalea Blossom

House Museum at Middleton Place

Seen through a Camellia hedge across the great lawn, the South Flanker at Middleton Place

Middleton Place, House Museum
Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker

March 24, 2021


Prior to the Civil War the main house was flanked by the North Flanker and the South Flanker, which was built in 1755 as gentlemen’s guest quarters and a business office.

From the Middleton Place website:

Both flankers, along with the main house, were burned by Union troops in February, 1865, just two months before the end of the Civil War. The South Flanker was the least damaged of the three buildings and repairs to it began in 1869 and included a new roof, Dutch gable ends and an entry hall leading from the Greensward. Thus strengthened, the South Flanker survived Charleston’s Great Earthquake in 1886 that brought down the gutted walls of the other residential buildings. By 1870 the Middletons had returned to live again at Middleton Place and the South Flanker continued to serve subsequent generations until becoming a House Museum in 1975.
middletonplace.org