I have been enamored of the South since encountering finely mannered Southerners as schoolmates when in Cincinnati.
We took a trip to Charleston recently and while there had a chance to visit Middleton Place, a former rice plantation and current national historic landmark.
One of the attractions of the South is the presence of Live Oaks.
The house was destroyed in the Civil War. This would have been the view from the porch. Most visitors would have arrived by boat on the Ashley River.
Middleton Place is the site of America's oldest landscaped gardens, laid out in 1741. Azaleas were added in the early 20th century.
Charleston is perhaps my favorite city. This is a typical Charleston house. Behind the door is an open porch facing a small garden.