It's *that* time of year when the azaleas start blooming. Although, I have several varieties and colors that bloom over the course of several weeks, sometimes everything aligns and most of the azaleas and rhododendron bloom at the same time.
I have exactly 49 azaleas around the house -- some I transplanted from my mother's property, and the rest I bought at Lowes about eight years ago for $1.98.
All the purple, fuchsia, and several of the red, came from my parents.
Most of the red, all the white and the light pink, which has not bloomed, came from Lowes as tiny plants.
I also love the pink rhododendrons, which came from Lowes. I have Mountain Laurel and native rhododendron, but they will bloom later.
It's impossible to really capture how breathtaking all these blooms are when you are in the midst of them.
I love just standing on the porch, or sitting in the garden swing enjoying these blooms for the short time they will be here.
We always have *so* much work to do after winter here, and have just started getting mulch down. Because we are in the woods, we have to regularly pressure wash the house and porches. I'm not looking forward to that, but we have to wait until the pollen settles.
We also have to deal with the weeds in the gravel paths and put down more pea gravel, or chat as they call it at the quarry here.
In the meantime, I'm just soaking all this color up and enjoying it.
Because it will all be gone before you know it:-)
What's blooming around your house?
I'll be joining: