Today's Flowers: Airlie Gardens, North Carolina

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Here's a flower blooming in a wonderful but neglected part of Airlie Gardens outside Wilmington, North Carolina. A beautiful place. My daughter and I visited the gardens last week. There we saw a 450-year-old oak tree, a butterfly house, a sculpture garden, and countless other beautifully landscaped areas. The site was once the playground of a rich couple who liked to entertain their guests in style!


Today's Flowers

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  1. what a beautiful red flower-looks like something from Hawaii.

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  2. Wow, this is a wonder of Nature Sandy

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  3. Love that brilliant color and what a beautiful flower! You do find the very best to share with us, Sandy! Looks and sounds like a wonderful place. Hope you have a beautiful day! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Beautiful and colorful flower, Sandy! Is it a Hibiscus?

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  5. i also posted hibiscus.:p marvelous composition.

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  6. Yes, a hibiscus with another petal (leaves?) underneath?

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  7. Beautiful in the sunshine!!!!!!!!!

    Left a comment below on post and also daughter's.

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  8. What a beautiful flower. I love that shade of red. Very bright and joyful.

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  9. That looks to be a huge bloom.

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  10. It sounds like a place I would like to visit. You get that far south you start seeing those tropical plants.

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  11. When you and Adella bake a birthday cake for the 450 year old elm, with candles spaced one inch apart so they don't melt each other, the round cake will need to be 2' in diameter. Please check my math.

    Now, how long will it take to light 450 candles with one match? If we don't plan it, the first candle will be burned all the way down before we get very far!

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  12. Oh my! How beautiful! And the garden sounds lovely!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  13. I'm not familiar with Airlie Gardens, but if this beautiful blossom is any indication we need to check it out.

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  14. Wow! I have never seen a hibiscus like this, with the petals so widely separated from each other!
    I like Greg's comment about the birthday cake for the 450 year old tree - sometimes math geeks can be so interesting!

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  15. A beautifully composed photo. The red of the hibiscus is very striking. Thanks for sharing.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  16. AH! A glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. That's a gorgeous hibiscus!

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  17. It's beautiful!
    The sun looks so strong and the red is still so vivid - nice work. :)

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  18. It's great that so many of the gardens of old estates are now open for the rest of us to enjoy.

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  19. Wonderful image of a lovely flower!
    I really enjoy it!

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  20. It just goes to show that the brightest flowers can thrive when neglected.

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  21. Beautiful composition on this one! Love it!

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  22. I love hibiscus flowers and I wish the flower would last for more than a day. This is a great shot!!!

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  23. Anonymous8:47 AM

    what a big, beautiful bloom!

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  24. I love how wide those petals are opened, like they are straining to catch every ray of sun!

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  25. Amazing flower, never seen this oin real, but I love to ..

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