By: Jeanne Reynolds
If you find yourself in the most beautiful and charming of cities, Charleston, on a sunny spring day with the luxury of a free afternoon, the choices seem endless. Tour a historic house or visit an art gallery? Lunch and libations overlooking the water? Shopping on King Street?
All good, but to me, nothing can top a few hours strolling back in time through the gardens at Middleton Place. Here are some random thoughts from a recent visit I was fortunate to enjoy:
– Azalea beds are the only place pink, orange and red not only don’t clash but actually look amazing.
– What’s more important to enjoying the Lowcountry: no heat, no humidity or no gnats? Answer: Yes. Enjoy it while you can.
– A dogwood tree in full bloom festooned with Spanish moss looks like a decorated wedding cake.
– A single alligator attracts more excited attention than a whole field of flowers.
– The malicious destruction of beauty in an attempt to crush the hope of enemies is really sad.
– The amount of money, labor and, most of all, vision it took to create these gardens is mind-boggling — not to mention what it must take to maintain them today.
– Southern accents are generally more pleasing to the ear than those from “off.”
– Being led beside still waters really does restoreth my soul (I didn’t lie down in green pastures but I saw people who did).
– Bees will usually leave you alone if you leave them alone (at least one person lying in the green pasture didn’t think so).
– Looking closely at the intricate design of some flowers: Wow. Just wow.
– There are probably a lot of ghosts here, but I hope this incredible beauty is bringing them peace now.