The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation has an exhibit now on display I know you won't want to miss.
"Looking Back, Rising Forward: Honoring the History of Gullah-Geechee Islands" will be presented through Sept. 10.
This artwork honors the Gullah-Geechee culture in a beautiful way and shows their unique way of life. Amiri Farris and his vibrant canvases join Judy Mooney and her bronze and clay sculptures, showcasing centuries-old traditions of this wonderful culture.
Take in the butterfly enclosure while you are there, and you have a perfect daytime outing.
The series shows the twosome taking a builder's house in a subdivision and turning it into a place full of pizazz. If you like decorating ideas and love how-to advice this might be your cup of tea. Lots of us in Bluffton live in new houses so this program might prove very intriguing.
The program airs on HGTV Sept. 1 and 8. Check local listings for times.
When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, trade between our countries was halted. That started the lily business on the West Coast. The bulbs were nicknamed "white gold," in the same vein as our "Carolina Gold" rice here in the Lowcountry. There are only a handful of companies left, which produce more than 14 million bulbs each year. Growing the lilies is very time-consuming; it takes about three years to produce bulbs big enough to ship. Each year when my lilies have bloomed I plant them in the yard. Some come back and bloom beautifully, and some become lunch for the squirrels.
I find it interesting that Smith River, Calif., with a population of only 866, is the Easter Lily Capital of the world. In the early 1900s, Bluffton, population about 500, grew and shipped daffodils all over the United States. Says something for the small town "get up and go," doesn't it?
I wonder if we can get it back ...