From the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Highway 17, you can see a dazzling panorama that includes Charleston Harbor, the Holy City's steeples and Patriots Point.

From Interstate 85 near Gaffney, you can see a giant peach.

And just as Charleston area landmarks occasionally need cosmetic brush-ups, the "Peachoid" - a 135-foot-tall, million-gallon water tank erected in 1981 - needs a new paint job to maintain its appetite-inducing impact.

As Thursday's Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported, large chunks of paint have recently fallen from the Peachoid.

The authorities put most of the blame on severe temperature fluctuations. That includes an unusually cold winter, which has sharply cut South Carolina's peach production this year.

This is a serious economic blow in a state that regularly yields more peaches than our "Peach State" neighbor Georgia. S.C. Agriculture Department officials said Monday that the hard freeze in late March killed nearly a third of our state's peach crop at a projected loss of roughly $27 million.

In other words, both South Carolina's real peaches and its most famous artificial one have had a tough go of it with the climate this year.

And the Gaffney Board of Public Works, which owns the Peachoid, can't wait another three to five years to repaint it as previously planned.

It's a big job requiring multiple hues. Public Works general manager Donnie Hardin told the Journal: "The Peachoid is unusual. It uses a lot of different colors, so there's an actual grid so the Peachoid looks like an actual peach."

The full painting chore won't start until the fall. But there soon will be temporary patches of paint applied, with that expense covered under a maintenance contract.

So good luck to Gaffney in restoring its Peachoid to maximum visual charm.

And better luck to our Palmetto State's hard-hit peach farmers.