The many hues of Watercolor’s flower and water gardens

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Watercolor, Florida, is a planned 500-acre resort town along Scenic Highway 30A on Florida’s Panhandle, dreamed up in 1999 on property owned since 1929 by the St. Joe  Company. Made to emulate the style of timeless Southern homes, it features wraparound porches, metal roof overhangs, columns,wooden siding, and screened outdoor spaces.

There are retail shops and restaurants but perhaps my favorite part of Watercolor is the town park featuring a mosaic tile waterway and brightly blooming seasonal flowers along with green spaces, walking paths, shade trees, and park benches to slow the pace.

Watercolor 2All flowers, trees, and shrubs are identified with placards for those who wonder about the bright red flowers (impatiens) or the clustered yellow blooms (lantana).

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1Whimsical garden art has been incorporated into the flower beds …

2… including the children’s rain boots with plantings perched on a hot pink side table along the path.

3With temps in the 90s when we stopped by on Thursday, the benches provided nice shady spots to take a break from the heat.

4The Farmers Market on Thursday offered a variety of goods … fresh produce, Maryland lump crab from a vendor who said he was from Baltimore, and hushpuppy mix complete with samples to entice buyers to part with their money. Crepes made-to-order, decorative doo-dads for beach homes, artisan jewelry, and more.

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6SWAC Daughter and Son-in-Law joined us to look at the goods and wander the gardens before the hot stickiness of early afternoon drove us back to the air conditioning.

7That’s one way to handle an unsightly stump.

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9There’s alligators in those waterways.

10This fountain actually looked so inviting that it was difficult not to jump in or dangle feet over the edge.

11So many pictures of beautiful flowers … so hard to decide which ones to include … so I posted them all.

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29The many hues of Watercolor….

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
May 14, 2015

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