Tag Archives: Charleston South Carolina

Almost Wordless Wed–Window Boxes–Charleston Style

If you’re a gardener, two days in Charleston, South Carolina, in March is about as good as it gets.  The main object of our visit was to be with our son and daughter-in-law, but strolling through the historic district south of Broad Street was also high on the list.  To give you a small sample of delights, here are a dozen window boxes–Charleston style–that I hope will put a smile on your face.  Enjoy!  And be sure to let me know which one you like best…

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Did you spy the Carolina anole?  If you missed it, take a closer look at photo #3.

Thursday Doors–April 9, 2015

Every Thursday, Norm posts a photo of a special door.  Recently, he invited others to join in, and since I’m a door-aholic too, how could I resist?

Charleston, South Carolina, March 2015

Charleston, South Carolina, March 2015

This photo, taken in Charleston, features a home in the historic district with an elegant street door that opens onto a piazza.  Unlike Italian piazzas, which are public squares or marketplaces, a Charleston piazza is a covered, tiered veranda.  Located on a long side of the house, typically overlooking a garden, it’s designed to catch the prevailing breezes from the bay while providing maximum shade from the sun.

The piazza ceilings caught my eye too.

Charleston piazza, with painted ceiling

Charleston piazza, with painted ceiling

Lovely, don’t you think?  Must be newly painted.  The weather is harsh on these old homes.

Charleston’s 68th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens, showcasing the city’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens, and culture, continues through April 19th.  For a look at the brochure, click here.

 

 

Almost Wednesday, Almost Wordless

This past weekend Tim and I made a 24-hour trip to Charleston to celebrate the 50th anniversary of friends Carolyn and Wayne, our once across-the-street neighbors, and I snapped a few pics on a quick drive through the historic district before we headed home. So, here’s a quick look at a few things that lend charm to South Carolina’s oldest city.

Amazing window boxes!

Amazing window boxes!

Classic single-style house with piazza entered by door on the street.

Classic single-style house with piazza entered by door on the street.

Oaks filled with resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)

Oaks filled with resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)

Two Meeting Street Inn, the Queen of southern hospitality.

Two Meeting Street Inn, the Queen of southern hospitality.

In just a few hours, I’ll be at the airport to begin my final garden tour of the year. Stay tuned for bella Italia round two!