Azaleas


The azaleas are starting to burst into bloom around town. There are many different shades from vibrant red to deep pink and even white. These were spotted on the golf course, although I've also got a few bushes in front of my house.

Azaleas bring back memories of spring time in Brittany. I lived in Rennes for three years and also spent a lot of time in a small village in Finistere. Every spring the ladies busied themselves in their gardens - trimming hedges and gathering flowers. Azaleas, rhododendrums and hydrangeas were their mainstays, they created beautiful, bursts of color on every doorstep.

The Trevarez Castle gardens also hosted an azalea festival once a year. I was lucky enough to see the spectacle once. It was just amazing. Really worth the visit if you're ever in the area.

7 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Bright. Nice photo.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

Rambling Round said...

How fortunate you were to live across the ocean! Some of my azaleas got hurt by the freeze this past week, but my white ones are going to be pretty.

Chris said...

I like azaleas. . .Unfortunately, ours never bloom too well. I also like rhododendrums. . . .

Why did you live in France, out of curiosity?

If you get a chance to check out my blog Sat., I'll have a great story.

Halcyon said...

Chris: maybe you should try adding some acid to your soil. Azaleas need a very acidic soil to do well. Rhododendrons are in the same family. I love those as well!

Southern Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous...this is one of my favorite colors of azalea. I'm hoping ours will be out in a week or two.

Do you have any photos from your time in France (lucky you! :)?

uncertainhorizon said...

We had those all around the house when i grew up, I love those!! those and Altheas

brian said...

beautiful azaleas... mine are in full bloom right now as well, but more of a coral color.