“The South Will Rise Again”…in the Garden!

(HannahsHand- Summerville Gift/Etsy)

Dear Reader:

Today was the day that the sense of smell came alive in the garden…the gardenias are just about to bloom, the honeysuckle out front is so olfactorily scrumptious you want to eat it, the magnolia is almost in bloom and what an aroma it will produce, and the confederate jasmine knocks me over when I sit on the bench in the evenings.

I, also, realized, however that all my “Confederate” plants were getting ready to make a “Pickett’s Charge”… especially the confederate jasmine on the two white “picket” fences! 🙂 The jasmine has climbed off this one picket fence onto a hanging basket stand and resembles a camel or llama to me????

All the historical plants one associates with the deep south are pacing themselves for May Day I think…just days away from blooms. Here are some of the traditional state and low country plants in my garden.

The Confederate Rose has taken off again…growing like kudzu.


The long leaf hydrangea had a “baby” this year…too cute!

The day lilies are poised and ready…several buds will probably pop tomorrow but the pretty yellow one won the race by arriving yesterday…*I found one that I want to order called “Charleston Charmer” …a must for the garden. (picture on the right)

Picking up sticks and limbs is made more do-able because my honeysuckle bush is right by the end of my driveway where I plop the branches, sticks, and pine cones for pick-up each week. (I broke a southern honeysuckle bloom off and brought inside by my computer…it smells SO good as I type!)

So until tomorrow…Isn’t it wonderful that no matter where we live in this beautiful world we all enjoy the flora and foliage indigenous to our habitats and proudly watch them grow year after year becoming a tradition in our family…and even a member of it! 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Anne and I met for lunch yesterday and reminisced about Notre Dame and the tragedy of the recent fire…remembering our climb up to the Bell Tower and all the interesting rooms and gargoyles along the way…hoping that none of them were ruined…especially the little elephant.








About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to “The South Will Rise Again”…in the Garden!

  1. bcparkison says:

    Gardenias do fill the air ( maybe with white flies too ) and mothers Magnolia is ready to pop. Hers is the real thing , big,with dark green leaves rusty velvet on the underside. Jasmine Oh goodness…my jasmine has decided to do something terrible. It is almost dead and I really don’t think winter was that cold. I’ll.continue to cut out the dead but not sure it will make another year.That lovely smell will be missed.
    Summerville must be a secret garden every Spring.


  2. Honey Burrell says:

    Beautiful pictures of your garden and the blooms! Things have “greened up” on the mountain and a few azaleas are showing their colors. The Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons will soon bloom. I do love this season!
    Have a beautiful day! Love you lots and lots💕


    • Becky Dingle says:

      How beautiful it must be…I am always reminded that Archibald Rutledge thought that the rhododendron was the most beautiful flower in the mountains and i agree.


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