These giant bugs are new at Heritage Plantation and added a wonderful sense of whimsey to our visit to see the annual massive displays of rhododendrons -- as gorgeous as always in every hue of pink to red and the creamy white ones. As the photos show it was a brilliantly sunny late spring afternoon.
On the 100 acre botanical garden half a dozen wonderful cedar and wicker bugs had been placed, including a huge spider near the entrance -- much less menacing than those of Louise Bourgeoisie. The praying mantis -- a truly cannibalistic creature, actually looks friendly.
We try to go at this time in the spring. Although the gardens are beautifully planted all year 'round, it is the rhodies for which it is most famous and they were truly spectacular. We thought we had wandered over the entire area but we found a new meadow -- the one with the praying mantis. And near it a maze we had never seen before which, at this time of year has many "wall" only partially grown. Rachel's venture into it proved that it would not be easy to find one's way out once it's entirely grown, some six feet high.
Of course, we couldn't help thinking how much the grandchildren would enjoy these animals, the carousel in it's own building and the little tourist trolleys that make circuits of the gardens regularly.