Another purple Iris, this time with a dreamy green background.
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.
On the river side, Azaleas were putting on a good show.
March 29, 2021
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
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.
These were in a hedge that was left more natural, which I generally prefer over the precisely manicured way.
Stony lady waits
All visitors are welcome
Her bench has a view
Seen through a Camellia hedge across the great lawn, the South Flanker at Middleton Place
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.
A Carolina Chickadee was picking on the new buds of a Sweetgum tree with two of last years pods still hanging on.
These vines grow along many of the rice field berms and overgrown fields I frequent in the wildlife management areas. Most of the year they are rather non-descript and innocent looking, until you find one has latched onto your pants with multiple thorns.
This is the first time I remember noticing their blooms, which are tiny, but there were a small million of them, all looking very healthy.
The thorns are tiny, too. This next image is a severe crop and way over-sharpened, and even then the thorns are hard to see on the stem leading to that center flower.
These two patches were close together, but had different color schemes in the leaves.
The individual flowers aren’t much to look at after they opened, but the water drops made this one special.
If you think you can step over it without an interaction you’re advised to raise your foot another couple inches, just to be sure!
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
March 21, 2021
A Carolina Anole sunning on a palm frond is another sure sign of spring.
Usually these blooms open symmetrically, this one opted to be different.