Charleston is the oldest city in the Carolina colony, territory which stretched from North Carolina to much of Florida. Magnolia Plantation, where I went yesterday, boasts the oldest garden in this area of the world. Sitting on my portable stool, mostly alone in the 70F sunshine, I sketched a corner of Flowerdale, circa 1685--- where 17th century England sunk roots in the colonial wilderness. Camellias are everywhere here. Originally from Japan, these varieties came to Charleston by way of Holland.
At noon, settled on a park bench overlooking the Ashley River, I drew a heron and a couple of ducks doing their waterfowl thing. It was so quiet and lovely---hard to imagine that just yards from where I sat, the British army, led by Cornwallis, launched their 1780 invasion and conquest of Charleston. A little bit of England, indeed.