Category Archives: Plants

Clematis virginiana

In the summer the flowers of this perennial vine display a fringe of white pistils and stamens above four white sepals.  The vine drapes itself over nearby vegetation so it resembles a Virgin’s Bower, hence its name by which it is … Continue reading

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Cashiers, NC Weekend

We just spent a wonderful weekend at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC and while Billie took knitting classes I explored the HHI hiking trails  and some surrounding waterfalls.  Although I didn’t climb Rock Mountain, I took lots of … Continue reading

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Pitcher Plants

I found these pitcher plants today while on a CNPA Foothills Region photo outing to the NC Arboretum in Asheville.  The Arboretum is a  wonderful resource for people who can get to it (ie, people living in the western part … Continue reading

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Mountain Laurel II

The mountain laurel buds have begun to open, and as I promised I’m posting some images of the full flowers to show the detail of the blossoms seen up close.  This red and white variety is one of several growing … Continue reading

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Mountain Laurel

One of my all-time favorite mountain wildflowers is the mountain laurel.  This flower is complex, both in physical form and in coloration, and the changes which occur from bud break to full flower are fairly amazing to the interested observer.  … Continue reading

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Leaving the Island…

We are watching the pouring rain as we leisurely pack our toothbrushes (and other stuff) in preparation for our caravan back to the NC High Country tomorrow morning.  Hope the rain lets up before departure time early tomorrow, otherwise it … Continue reading

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Azaleas

The camellias are just about gone here on the Island and the azaleas are beginning to burst open to fill the landscape with color.  It seems like the progression is perfectly choreographed to maintain the colorful landscape throughout our stay … Continue reading

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Pink Camellias

The nearest condominium across the street has been occupied for a while now, and I noticed yesterday that the occupants are packing the car, snowbirds preparing to fly back North.  I also noticed the camellia bush next to their front … Continue reading

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New Growth

All kinds of new growth here on the Island; new leaves, new flowers, even new alligators!  That’s right, we now have a third alligator along with the million turtles in our two little lakes here in Inverness Village.  They are … Continue reading

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