Tag Archives: Spring

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

Pants Grabbers Are Thriving

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.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With 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.

Thorns
Thorns

These two patches were close together, but had different color schemes in the leaves.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

The individual flowers aren’t much to look at after they opened, but the water drops made this one special.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

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!

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
March 21, 2021