Azalea Splendor


One of my most viewed posts is Azaleas.  This year has been a spectacular year for these flowering shrubs.  It may have been the record breaking rainfall and also a cool start to Spring with cold nights causing the blooms to stay longer.  I have taken pictures over several days to get the Azaleas at their best.  Enjoy their splendor!


Confused Azalea

I was surprised to see two Azalea buds next to each other that were two different colors.  Of course I thought another bush had just sent out a really long branch that got mixed in.  But, no both buds were from the same bush and on the same branch.

I watched the buds over several days thinking the bud would change to the more orange color when it opened.  As you can see, it stayed pinkish.  So dear readers, does anyone have an explanation for why these two flowers on the same branch are two different colors?

Azalea Preview


One of my most viewed posts is Azaleas.  I can only take that to mean that gardeners really like looking at them, so I am doing several posts. Azaleas do well in my area and are planted in just about every yard.

More Azaleas are opening and this coming week should have them in full bloom. I am a little concerned about the heavy rain that is coming, but fingers crossed the Azaleas won’t be ruined

These two Azaleas are Judge Solomon and are supposed to be pink.  One is much more orange.  Luckily that one was planted in the back of a hedge of Azaleas.

The first Azalea is a much darker purple than the photo picked up and I have lost the name of it.  The next is an Encore Autumn Embers, which blooms several times a year and the last is a George Tabor.

The final photos are not Azaleas, but they are planted near by and compliment them.  The Tulip Magnolia is in full bloom (I love the star shape on the inside), as are the Loropetalums.

Azalea fans can click on the photos to make them larger.

Much Needed Color

Normally, The Automatic Garden has quite a few flowering plants during the winter, but not this cold winter.  Thank goodness for the sturdy Camellias that grow in the garden and have provided much needed color.

A couple of days of warm weather prompted a few Azaleas to pop open early and add a little more color to this dreary winter.



A Spring Celebration of Azaleas




Nothing says spring like Azaleas. They come in many colors and can grow easily into six to eight foot high masses.  This year the Azaleas started blooming weeks earlier than normal.


My second most popular post is Azaleas with nearly 300 views.  Take a look and help bump it up to number one!

My Number One Post



I am reposting my highest viewed post.  It is Azaleas.  In this part of the country Azaleas grow big and beautiful and signals the beginning of Spring.


Blooming Bushes


The best part of spring is the flowering shrubs.  The Loropetalum is one of the early bloomers.  It has a slight scent.


Flowering Olive has tiny flowers with a big scent that drifts across the garden.  It will bloom on and off throughout the year.


The flaming red Bottle Brush is a beacon that attracts hummingbirds in the spring.


Azaleas are always a show stopper in these parts, inspiring communities to put on azalea trails.


One bush that has it all is Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  Each flower displays three different colors and it is heavily scented.


This small tree had to be included for the fanciful flowers that hang from the Fringe Tree.