I love azaleas when they bloom. They are incredibly gorgeous with their profusion of white or pink…or sometimes purple, and occasionally orange blossoms. That bit of time in late mid-to late March and early April when the bushes are covered with blooms are truly gorgeous. I can wear myself out running from place to place to get pictures of them. Apparently pictures with azaleas are – or used to be – a thing in the South.
The problem with azaleas, though, is that once they lose their blooms, the bush that is left behind isn’t very pretty. As much as I love azalea blooms – and truly, I DO love azalea blooms; I have a very large one tattooed on my side – I hate azalea bushes. When you combine that with that fact that if you don’t keep an azalea bush trimmed up, it will take over your yard, I’d just as soon not have them in my yard. One blooming – from beginning to end – when the first blooms appear and the last ones finally wither and die – you’ve got about 2 weeks before you’re left with these masses of green
There is, though, this wonderful thing called the Encore Azalea. Instead of just the one bloom, it is supposed to bloom 3 times, although I’ve only ever seen a spring and fall bloom. There is some genetic modification I can definitely get behind.
As I waited for my carousel tour on Thursday, I wandered around the park looking for things of interest to take pictures of and spotted azaleas. I just knew I had to share them with you. A reminder that spring will come again.