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Belin Memorial UMC Garden

I am a member of Belin (pronounced Blaine) Memorial United Methodist Church. It sits right on the inlet of Murrells Inlet and is quite a famous landmark. There is a garden area between the Family Life Center and the cemetery and this garden is tended to by a group of volunteers. These gardening volunteers do a wonderful job year round. 

Although it is still February I was surprised with all the color in our garden. Several different varieties of daffodils, gerbia daisys, and other assorted colorful blooms. 

Pictured below are some of the Gerbia Daisys I found there. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Brookgreen Butterfly House

Today I was able to visit the butterfly house at Brookgreen Gardens.

Imagine yourself in a place where the brilliance and delicate fragrance of tropical flowers blend with the sound of water as it gently tumbles over rocks in a stream. Hundreds of butterflies flutter back and forth as if trying to decide which they like best – the flowers’ sweet nectar or a refreshing dip in the pool. Then, one of these beautiful creatures lightly lands on your finger. You want to focus your camera and capture the image but know at the first sign of movement the butterfly will fly away. So you sit quietly, captivated by the beauty of your visit to Brookgreen’s Butterfly House.

Colorful, dainty creatures, butterflies belong to the Lepidoptera order of insects. They are cold-blooded and depend on the sun to regulate their temperature. They are essential pollinators in the garden and need nectar plants for the adults, plants that provide food and camouflage for caterpillars, and plants to provide shelter from wind and rain. All over the world, butterflies are valued for their beauty and currently inhabit every continent except Antarctica.

The butterfly house contains a pupae emergence room where you can observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs throughout the exhibit describe the life cycle of butterflies and the important role they play in our environment. The exhibit is open daily April – October, and tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children in addition to garden admission.

The most recent addition to the Lowcountry Zoo, the butterfly house accommodates dozens of species of butterflies that are native to the Southeast. They support Brookgreen’s mission to exhibit and educate visitors about the animals, ecology, and plants in our area. Come and see its beauty for yourself but don’t forget to bring your camera.

Here are a few shots I was able to get today!

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Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

Soufriere Estate is one of the oldest and best-preserved estates on St. Lucia and was originally part of the 2000 acres of land granted to the Devaux family by King Louis XIV of France in 1713, in recognition of their service to ‘Crown and Country’. In 1740 the three Devaux brothers came to St. Lucia to claim the land which at that time included the present site of Soufriere Town, as well as the Sulphur Springs.

This historical estate has been transformed from a working plantation that once produced limes, copra and cocoa, into one of the major heritage sites in the region, as well as a viable and spectacular tourist attraction that includes the Botanical Gardens, Waterfall, Mineral Baths, Nature Trail, Old Mill Restaurant and the historic Soufriere Estate House.

The Diamond Botanical Gardens sit in a natural gorge that begins at the world’s only drive through volcano and bubbling sulphur springs. The sulphur springs are weak spots in the crust of an enormous collapsed crater, the result of a volcanic upheaval that took place some 40,000 years ago. Natural minerals found in the area include, Kaolinite and Quartz and smaller quantities of Gypsum, Alunite, Pyrite and Geotite.

In 1713, three Devaux brothers were granted 2000 acres of land by King Louis XIV for services to Crown & Country.
The Diamond Botanical Gardens sit on the original site of the spring baths which were built in 1784. These baths were built so that the troops of King Louis XVI of France could take advantage of the waters therapeutic powers.

Diamond Botanical Gardens is now a thriving tourism site, six acres of planted gardens, including Diamond Falls. The Diamond River comes straight from the Sulphur Springs, black from volcanic mud and spilling over the rock face, staining the stone wall with the many colors left behind by the minerals finally dropping into the calm pond below. In 1983, Mrs. Joan Devaux, daughter of Mr. André du Boulay took over the management of the Estate.  Throughout the years Mrs. Devaux has continued the development and restoration of this beautiful estate.

Below are some images I took while visiting these Gardens in February 2015. Click on any image for a larger view.

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Brookgreen Gardens

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Hopelands Gardens – Part Deux

Two weeks ago, on January 7th, I blogged about Hopelands Gardens.  Here is another image I captured at the Gardens. You can learn more about Hopelands Gardens at the City of Aiken website HERE.

 

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Hopelands Gardens, Aiken, SC

Wrapped behind a serpentine brick wall and under a canopy of ancient oaks, deodar cedars and magnolias, is Hopelands Gardens. Bequeathed to the City of Aiken by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, this 14 acre estate was opened in 1969 as a public garden. Radiating throughout the gardens is a network of paths shaded under 100 year old live oaks. I is believed that Mrs. Iselin planted the deodar cedars and live oaks which still grace Hopelands Gardens today. The lazy curves of the paths and garden borders lead visitors throughout a wonderful variety of experiences sure to please visitors of all ages.

Below is a gazebo I photographed while visiting Hopelands Gardens. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Rose with Texture Overlay

A year and a half ago, liz and I made a trip out west and one of our stops was Sedona, AZ. Neither of us had been before and we both were mesmerized by the jaw-dropping beauty of it all. We stayed at a fantastic B&B. One morning I was strolling the grounds of the B&B and saw some very nice roses in their flower garden. I was fortunate enough to capture several nice images here.

This afternoon, between ballgames, I pulled up one of these roses and applied a French Kiss texture to it. Posted below is the result. Hope you enjoy!

 

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I’ve Been Framed!

I normally do not “frame” my images. However, earlier today I was inspired to try something different. So I have created “frames” for a few images. What do you think? Like? Not like?

 

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Gerbera Daisy Up Close and Personal

Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honor of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber who traveled extensively in Russia.

It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy.

Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colors. The capitilum, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual flowers. The flower heads can be as small as 7 cm (Gerbera mini ‘Harley’) in diameter or up to 12 cm (Gerbera ‘Golden Serena’).

Gerbera is very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers. The domesticated cultivars are mostly a result of a cross between Gerbera jamesonii and another South African species Gerbera viridifolia. The cross is known as Gerbera hybrida. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colors include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The center of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colors.

Gerbera is also important commercially. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Gerbera contains naturally occurring coumarin derivatives. Gerbera is a tender perennial plant.  It is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, but resistant to deer.

This specimen was growing in front of my home and was just begging for a little macro treatment. Enjoy!

 

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Changing Colors

While in my back yard, doing some “yard-work”, I noticed that a couple of little leaves on some of our “blush bushes” had changed color. I rather liked the way they had changed so quickly grabbed my camera and took a few shots.

Although we call this bush a “blush bush” it is really a loropetalum.  Loropetalum (lor-o-peta-lum) may be hard to say, but it sure is a pleasure to grow. This large, handsome shrub is a native of China and Japan, but it seems to be pretty happy growing here in the Southern states. Gardeners who want to avoid trying to pronounce loropetalum may simply call it by its common name, Chinese witch hazel or Chinese fringe or do like I do and call it a “blush bush”.

 

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