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.
One 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.
There 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.
I 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.
You’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.