fabulous living....
in south carolina!

South Carolina is a coastal state full of enchantment and charm, fascinating beauty, history and culture.
She is so easy to fall in love with, and impossible to forget.

Azaleas and Springtime in South Carolina.
by Kathy Gardener

A celebration of everything pink and purple!  Springtime in South Carolina... a visual treat of splashy azalea blossoms in front of nearly every building in every town, from the most humblest abode to imposing monumental structures... everywhere you look you see fabulous amounts of color!

This is an exciting time of year for me.  When I was growing up in Ohio, my grandparents grew azaleas on a bank in their front yard overlooking Ridge Avenue.  In a climate that was not conducive to azaleas, my grandfather sweated over his and pampered them into an amazing display of hot pinks each year.  The Cincinnati Enquirer would often feature the yard in a black and white photo on their Gardening Page, which drew a string of slow moving cars cruising down Ridge Avenue each April, looking for Mr. E's garden.  You could spot it in a heartbeat.

For almost 20 years, I have lived in South Carolina.  My grandfather's front yard pales in comparison to what is so commonplace around here.  I look around me and I have to catch my breath.  There are no words to describe the beauty.  I photographed Magnolia Plantation last week for my company's Charleston relocation guide, which is an amazing plantation from the 1600's on Ashley River Road in Charleston.  The oldest English garden in America (which means it rambles around the landscape in a kind of tamingly wild manner), Magnolia Plantation has acres of white, red, pink and purple azaleas, where a turn down any path is an instant delight for the eyes.  Then yesterday I photographed Charlestowne Landing State Park for the Charleston guide. Charlestowne Landing is in West Ashley, Charleston.   I followed the garden path out of the Visitors Center to the Ware Legare home and the beautiful lake it stands beside. The waters reflected the brilliant blue sky and the show-stopping reds and pinks of the azaleas along its banks.  Spanish moss draped from huge ancient oak trees, limbs outstretched over the lake water, shadowing alligators as they glided about, their bumpy hides and heads breaking the water's surface .  I wanted to sit in an Adirondack chair positioned beside a huge hot pink azalea bush and just drink it all in slowly and deliciously, along with a tall sweet tea.  I need to go back on the weekend, when the pressures of work are not upon me.   I thank the Lord above for letting me experience this most beautiful of places each Spring - incredibly lovely South Carolina. 

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