Hey Y'all... (said in that soothing, slow southern drawl...)

There is something so comforting about the South. I don't know if it's the architecture (because, as you know, ambiance is everything to me), the slower paced lifestyle, or just that dose of good ol' southern hospitality. It also could very much be the fact that every time I find myself in the southern climate I am away from my normal routine and relishing in the abounding inspiration.  Last weekend Scott and I were down in Charleston for our friends, Whitney and Andrew's wedding. It was the perfect place for a destination wedding and it was especially nice that we got a couple days to explore the city. Charleston is the perfect place for Scott and I to visit together. It has just enough city for me and just enough nature for him.  This is exactly why I thought I should break down my Charleston posts into one which depicts the lush, green, landscape environment and one that depicts the city's architecture elements.

I am going to start with the landscape environment.  The funny thing about Charleston, is that you will soon realize that the landscape and the architecture is very much intertwined.  This is a characteristic that I believe is an attribute to  some of the best cities. That,  and the tree canopy. The Tree Canopy: A city's true testament to their placement in time. Tree canopies are not something you can recreate. These things take years, sometimes hundreds of years, to get to the point of generating a dramatic shelter from the sun's beaming heat.  Years to create the perfectly groomed arch over neighborhood streets (double bonus if these are cobblestone streets).  Charleston trees are knotty and tough yet graceful and fluid in their stature.  What's not to love? You pair this tree growth to overflowing window boxes, perfectly trimmed boxwood and secret garden passageways that dot the city basically compelled me to have a green thumb. Secret gardens? Are you kidding!? What kid grows up reading the "Secret Garden" and does not dream of hidden, moss covered passage ways that lead to unexpectedly mysterious gardens? I know I sure did. This  established landscape surrounding is a crucial factor in creating the profusion of  charm and whimsy... just take a look for yourself.

Now that's some pretty good stuff. All I need to get started in my yard is a pooper scooper, some grass seed and some enlisted help from my talented gardener mother.