botanic beauties…

I went to the Clemson Botanical Gardens, after a recent storm. I knew it would be muddy as all get-out, but I hoped that some flowers had survived. Sure enough, there were a few that made it through the drenching, even while some trees in town did not.DSC_0377

DSC_0379DSC_0384One garden area is full of grassy paths, so I did a lot of slipping and sliding, in order to see some of the flowers. The worst of the mud was by the magnolia tree, but I did find some perfectly lovely blooms on it.DSC_0387

DSC_0403There was a wonderful smell pervading the whole area, but I was unsure if it was from one particular tree or bush, or all of them together. The first one I got a whiff of must have been the lilies, up by the Caboose Garden.DSC_0399

DSC_0401DSC_0408After that, I couldn’t tell what caused the amazing perfume, as I wandered through the lily gardens, and elsewhere.DSC_0404

DSC_0406DSC_0473You can probably tell which flowers really barely made it, judging by some of their neighbors state of bedraggled-ness. Others may have bloomed right after the rain.DSC_0412

DSC_0414DSC_0417I didn’t make many attempts with the magnolias, not only because I’ve taken too many of them already, but because the rain and dampness was making them very attractive to bugs. Not only does it make a flower less photogenic to be covered with small black insects, some of them will take an interest in the photographer, as well.DSC_0420

DSC_0423DSC_0441No matter where I walked, I tried to keep moving as much as possible, in case of there being enough standing water to breed mosquitoes in.DSC_0425

DSC_0429DSC_0442You’ll notice the yellow ones that look like a cross between a daffodil, a dandelion, and a Sorry game piece. Funky little flowers, I wonder what they’re called. I really need to get a National Audubon Field Guide to Flowers, or something like it. Googling it just doesn’t give me what I want to know.DSC_0431

DSC_0433DSC_0444I hope you enjoy the bees and moths, as well. The moths were a bit jumpy, not posing for long, but the bees were too busy to pay any attention to me. DSC_0445

DSC_0448DSC_0460You’re probably tired of flowers, but I hope to catch up on some other blog posts, over this weekend. Time to cover some tea, bedrooms, and other random things.  : )DSC_0465DSC_0469DSC_0470

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