GARDENS, Part 3 —
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April 30, 2007 — We'll expand
our visit to Brookgreen Gardens this
week with a
"virtual tour" of the estate. Louise
Peterson focused her attention
on the hundreds of figurative sculptures (as any good sculptor would) while I
concentrated on my own specialty, botanical
photography. Here is my personal view of Brookgreen:
At the Welcome Center,
we were greeted by massive flower beds brimming with bright red tulips.
I took this photo while dodging an unexpected rain shower.
Colors always seem more intense
right after a rain.
Some of the tulip blossoms were
beginning to fade. The brief, but heavy, rainfall did them in.
Louise's life-size bronze,
Bella and the Bug, is installed in a pastoral setting next to a pond.
Earlier that day I spotted a three-foot alligator sunning
itself on the shore.
Here is the nameplate that
appears next to Bella and the Bug.
Bella and the Bug was influenced,
Louise tells us, by this small sculpture of a greyhound.
Anna Hyatt Huntington — a
prolific sculptor herself — encouraged, collected
and exhibited the work of
many other female sculptors.
This scene lies directly behind
Bella and the Bug, to the left.
Ponds and pools, abundant at
Brookgreen Gardens, enhance its natural beauty.
Having "lived with" an
alligator myself, I particularly enjoyed this monumental sculpture
Choate. The title?
Speaking of alligators, this
one was HUGE! Fortunately, he was just leaving — and so was I.
Brookgreen's botanicals seem
a lot safer. Here we have some wisteria draped over an azalea.
I love wisteria, despite the fact
that it can be quite a pest here in the deep South.
Brookgreen is home to a variety of azaleas, including this one,
Rhododendron austrinum, more commonly known as Florida Azalea.
Here you can see two visitors
dwarfed by large masses of azaleas, which are themselves
dwarfed by live oaks (Quercus virginiana) dripping
with spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides).
Spanish moss is an epiphyte, as opposed to a parasite. It gets its nutrients
from the air.
of a mature live oak, set against a backdrop of white azaleas.
The limbs are covered with resurrection ferns (Polypodium polypodioides).
fern, like spanish moss, is an epiphyte. Now dormant, it will soon come back
A close-up view of the bark on the trunk of the above tree.
Live oak limbs, on older trees,
often "crawl" along the ground.
This limb undulates among clusters of naturalized daffodils with spent blooms.
Spent blooms can be interesting. I enjoy looking at flowers as they wilt and
I find them
plus they seem to offer a pleasing metaphor for a life well-lived.
These wilted tulips were found
in the Children's Garden. I spent a lot of time
shooting dying tulips in the
Children's Garden. They were just lovely.
A day later, Brookgreen's horticultural staff came through and pulled them
The plants, as seen here, were thown in a pile and tossed out. Farewell.
Out of Time
That does it for this week. So much to see, so little time. I took almost 1,000
photographs at Brookgreen, which I'm still sorting and evaluating.
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