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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.

Boxed In

I made a quick two-day trip to Charleston late last week  for the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens, followed by a regional meeting of the Garden Writers Association.  Thursday was enjoyed with my friend Carolyn, who lives in the historic district, and we spent the biggest part of the day crisscrossing our favorite blocks near the Battery, fortified by good food and wine at the Gaulart & Maliclet Café.

Though spring came late to Charleston, as it has throughout the state, many window boxes were elaborately dressed for the pleasure of visitors.  Oftentimes the historic homes abut the sidewalk, thus bloom-filled window boxes and other containers comprise the front garden.  I’m always charmed by these displays and thought you might be too.  The dozen pictured here provide a good sampling.

Pretty in peachy-pink and white, with accents in bold blue and chartreuse.

Pretty in peachy-pink and white, with accents in bold blue and chartreuse.

A tropical punch of orange combines nicely with Easter egg colors against the gray house.

A tropical punch of orange combines nicely with Easter egg colors against the gray house.

Dramatic but my fingers itch to give the ivy cascades a little trim.

Dramatic but my fingers itch to give the ivy cascades a little trim.

A handsome purple and white combo accented with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) suits this old building.

A handsome purple and white combo accented with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) suits this old building.

Cyclamen of all colors were featured in various boxes.  I particularly like these bold pink ones.

Cyclamen of all colors were featured in various boxes. I particularly like these bold pink ones.

Almost periwinkle and soft yellow are a winning mix.

Almost periwinkle and soft yellow are a winning mix.

A successful focus on foliage.

A successful focus on foliage.

My favorite color scheme--silver and gold.  A tiny touch of blue would provide contrast to make the harmony pop.

My favorite color scheme–silver and gold. A tiny touch of blue would provide contrast to make the harmony pop.

Hmmm.....I wonder what color the snapdragons will be.

Hmmm…..I wonder what color the snapdragons will be.

Second-story drama.

Second-story drama.

A touch of class with an ivy swag topped with a box ball.

A touch of class with an ivy swag topped with a box ball.

Technically a window bed, rather than box, but too pretty to pass up.

Technically a window bed, rather than box, but too pretty to pass up.

The 68th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens continues through April 19.   The city’s fabulous window boxes, however, can be enjoyed every day of the year.

 

 

 

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!