Van Gogh wrote, “Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” Perhaps the artist understood the beauty found in fields. Let’s step out of our normality and enjoy nature in fields across South Carolina.
Fields provide the first harbinger of spring’s arrival. A field’s unshaded open spaces allow the increasing sunlight to strike a warming earth and germinate seeds, flowers, crops, or orchards of trees bursting into bloom. Spring is the ideal time to invigorate our souls, get out of the house, and savor the outdoors! Where should we look first? For me, it will be the fields of spring!
Farmers spend countless hours during winter months preparing for the arrival of spring across South Carolina. Farm equipment is repaired, oiled, and “tuned up,” ready to work the fields again and prepare a sweet-smelling earth for vegetables, grains, and fruits. Fields of peach and apple trees are pruned, awaiting spring’s growing season.
South Carolina’s peach and apple country offer flowering orchards and fields stretching for miles, resembling the finest artwork of Monet and Van Gogh. Peach blooms of delicate pink serve as reminders to return in a few months to savor the sweet, succulent taste of South Carolina’s state fruit. Further up the road in the Upstate, the white blooms of apple trees will soon fruit and beckon to return in the fall to enjoy colorful baskets of delicious fruit. Look for fields with vegetable stands nearby, and plan on returning soon to enjoy the in-season fresh harvest from the fields.
Daffodils blooming beneath large oak trees on the edges of fields are the last remnants of an abandoned home site. Odds are that a tenant home existed in this spot, and tenant farmers most likely worked the surrounding fields decades ago. Hardly anyone can pass a field of sunflowers without stopping for photos. Note how the sunflower follows the path of the sun during the day before resting during the night hours. Fields not planted in a current crop display a succession of wildflowers in a rainbow of colors. Bachelor buttons, daisies, wild roses, daffodils, coreopsis, cosmos, blackberries’ blossoms, and Queen Anne’s lace are just some of the numerous species in the fields.
Don’t overlook deer, turkey, birds, rabbits, and other wildlife feeding on field edges right before sunrise. Fields provide seeds and tender succulent growth essential for wildlife nourishment.