Charleston Green

  Mrs. Matlock’s  Rainbow Summer School is now in session~

This week’s color of the Rainbow assignment is Green~ I thought I’d share some Green from a weekend visit to Charleston, South Carolina.

At first glance this wrought iron appears black, but is actually considered Charleston Green. The color originated after the American Civil War, when the North provided black paint to the South for use in its reconstruction. Too “funereal”  for Charlestonians’ sensibilities, as well as too proud to use paint that came from Yankees, they mixed the black with a little yellow, and their own color of Charleston Green was born.

Glimpses into small courtyards find gardens lush & full of greenery~

How these window boxes thrive in Charleston’s sweltering temperatures always amazes me. . .

  Palmetto Trees line the sidewalks ~ South Carolina’s official state tree. . .


More wrought iron, no mistaking this green for black :-)

 And more green iron~

Bike around the city. . .

Or take a carriage ride to see the sights. . .

We prefer to stroll, so you don’t miss treasures like these. . .

Most importantly, if you visit Charleston with the heat in the triple digits, remember to stay hydrated. . . :-)


 Since this is Rainbow Summer School, I thought it only appropriate that I end with pictures of Rainbow Row.

Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:

 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Rainbow Fun~ Green

 A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

The Tablescaper for Summer Sundays

  32 comments for “Charleston Green

  1. August 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    oh that was DElightful! i love all that fret work… and the dog having a cocktail is adorable~ the bikes and stair shot above it, all the little things i love to see… you just have that perfect eye with your camera :-)

    sent you an email, may be in your spam, from a diferent addy. still no miss laney, BUT she is resting agaist her live trap, using it like a sofa back, i can see that was useless idea, but she is alive and well still.

  2. August 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite places. Always lots of good photo-ops here! I have an entire album of just Charleston pictures.

  3. Pondside
    August 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I haven’t been to Charleston for many years, but I remember how I loved it. We did all the touristy things – the carriage ride, the walk along the sea wall (it has a special name, but it escapes me!) and up and down the streets to look at the beautiful houses. What a lovely green post!

  4. August 18, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Love the shot of the bull dog at the fountain! All that wrought iron is gorgeous! I love Charleston and it has been too long since my last visit. Thank you for the tour!

    ~ Tracy

  5. August 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

    This post brought back so many happy memories of our trip to Charleston. Gorgeous images!

    When I was looking for a paint color for our front door, I descsribed it as Charleston Green, but no one knew what I was talking about. I finally found a chip at Home Depot, for Midnight Green. Can’t remember the paint company. Midnight Green looks to be a perfect match for the dark Charleston Green. Many people mistake it for black, until they see it up close. I still have some of that paint and use it for touch ups on the door.

  6. August 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    oh, gorgeous! you’ve captured all the beautiful details of ironwork and a lush garden. but my favorite photo is the dog having a drink–what a delightful shot!

  7. August 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Those were all such wonderful photos…the little dog in the water made me break into laughter. I will think of his happy face all day and smile! The iron work there is amazing. I am going to have a new iron gate made for the side yard and I want something like those!!

  8. August 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, more goodies from your camera lens. Charleston is full of beauty and the perfect subject for “Green”. I’m still trying to pull something together. Last minute as usual! ~ Sarah

  9. jo
    August 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    WOW!!! what gorgeous photos … I would love to visit Charleston … it looks so beautiful!

  10. August 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    fresh and lovely greens.

  11. August 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    These are some lovely glimpses of a beautiful southern city. You must have had a wonderful trip, these photos make me want to pack my bed and head to Charleston.

  12. August 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing!

  13. August 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    This green post was incredible! I enjoyed the tour through this lovely place. Thank you so much! Your are sweet! Anne

  14. August 19, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Charleston is a beautiful place and I would love to visit. Hey…your blog has an unfair advantage on Green day….ha.

  15. PJ
    August 19, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Your photography is outstanding! Charleston is outstanding. When my older brother turned 50, we all chipped in and sent him and his wife there for a week. The romance of the place is unmatched.

  16. JDaniel4's Mom
    August 19, 2010 at 8:45 am

    The green iron work is so elegant. Most of Charleston has a certain elegance. I visited with two friends and we had the best time there. The carriage ride was probably our favorite part.

  17. Lola
    August 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love the green in your post especially the palmetto trees, the wrought iron & those window boxes! Terrific post as always!!

    Happy AlphabeThursday Green,


    PS My AlphabeThursday Green is posted if you’ve time to join me HERE!

  18. August 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Oh my goodness, I love the doggy hydrating!!!! The 1st shot is a close 2nd. Good green post.

  19. August 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My husband and I had a wonderful time when we visited Charleston a couple of years ago. A very romantic trip, and I thank you for reminding me of it.


  20. August 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I adore Charleston’s colorful past and gorgeous architecture. You captured the essence of this city with your photos. Wowzers.

  21. August 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures. But the dog oh that made me laugh!!! Have a blessed week. Hope you can come by for a visit. Debbie

  22. August 21, 2010 at 3:06 am

    the garden photos are my favorite…they are so green I can smell the fresh!

  23. Cindy at Applestone Cottage
    August 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Oh, your pics are just wonderful!
    Hubby and I were in Charleston last summer and I recognize some of the places!
    What a neat town it is. We walked but after a short while, with heat indexes in the 100’s we decided to drive! I would love to go when it was cooler.
    Thanks for sharing,

  24. August 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I could walk the streets of Charleston until I have blisters on my feet! I so enjoyed your ‘walk through!’ I have posted several things from Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms recently and will be posting some more soon! It is the best city in the world! You should post the picture of the dog (awesome!) on Shutterbug Tuesday at Tatertots and Jello (I hope I have that right!) It is a great shot!! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  25. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Wow, what a beautiful city! I love all of the iron work, and the colors are fantastic!

  26. Nan
    August 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

    AHHH! You have captured my town perfectly! YOur photos are awesome!
    For those of you wondering, the entire historic downtown looks just like this at every turn, block after block! The carriage rides are definitely worth the $$ as they tell you so many little quirky details you would never know.
    The sea wall is known as The Battery.
    Another little secret, if you are strolling along and find a gate to a garden open, consider it an invitation to step inside and stroll around and snap pictures! If they don’t want you to stroll around, they will keep their gate shut.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, Nan

  27. August 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    That was fabulous!! I really enjoyed the tour! This a place I would love to visit. I have never heard that about Charleston green. Wonderful story about the paint. Your photos were awesome. Thanks for the tour.

  28. August 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Charleston is on my ‘to see’ list! Thank you for the wonderful photos and tour!!!

  29. August 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love the iron gates and everything beyond….Christine

  30. August 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Such gorgeous shots. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to Charleston and I love all of the wrought iron. I didn’t know the story of Charleston green, thank you.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  31. August 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    What a delightsful stop on our little journey through Rainbow Summer Schools Green.

    It is has been way to many years since I have been to Charleston. You captured so much of the feeling of the city with these lovely photographs. You should send this link to the Tourism board there.

    Charleston Green has always been one of my favorite colors. I used it a lot on the 1813 Federal Style home I had in Ohio. And that wrought iron just makes me crave living in a historic home once again!

    Thanks for this lovely post.

    I always enjoy my visits here.


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