Today's Wonder of the World is...the Topiary!
Flickr photo by Gordy St
Recognize this famous garden? Yes, those are topiaries at Versailles, which I saw a lot of since they don't allow strollers inside the château. No problem! One day I'll see inside the gilt interiors. Touring the gardens was fine with me.
I spent much of my life in France like this:
See Sammy run?
That particular chase was through the gardens of Château de Cordès, about a half hour from our village. Isn't it pretty?
Flickr photo by Denis Trente- Huittessan
Note the topiaries!
This weekend we enjoyed some topiaries South Carolina style. (That means with sweat dripping down our faces.) But it was still fun.
The little town of Greenwood had their flower festival on Saturday, so we waited until Sunday and got in our car...
Wait, that's not our car!
Anyway, we waited for the crowds to vamoose and went to take a look at the leftover topiaries.
We saw dinosaurs,
And look, a dog! He's hanging out by the fire hydrant, of course!
Now Todd wants to grow his own leafy version of Tanner the Slobber Dog!
At least it wouldn't steal the sausage off the kitchen counter, wrapper and all.
I won't go into that story.
We had a great time seeing the topiaries, but the trip just fed my mad desire to stop by Pearl Fryar's house in Bishopville on our next trip to the beach. Have you heard of A Man Named Pearl?
He's the one with the wonderfully wacky topiary yard. See?
Flickr photo by ksf2c
Some local bigots didn't want an African American man and his family in their neighborhood and complained that they wouldn't keep up his yard. He made it his goal to win Yard of the Month and began his topiary work. He ended up becoming a local hero.
Sounds like a movie, right? It is!
The trailer is fabulous. I'm dying to see the film!
Have a wonder full Monday, y'all!