Spring blooms are just about at their peak right now in our area. Beautiful azaleas are everywhere you look, along with dogwood, spirea, irises and more. It's also time to plant veggie gardens since the last average frost date has passed. Here's a glimpse at my yard from yesterday.
A close-up of that beautiful pinkish-salmon colored azalea from above.
A bed of purple bearded irises.
A gorgeous spirea in full bloom and an old-fashioned formosa azalea just beginning its bloom. That spirea is about 8 feet tall!
Our front flower bed right now. Those irises haven't bloomed in years and right now they're just full of blossoms! And, yes, I do need to weed that bed!
The veggie garden boxes. I've planted marigolds all around the edges this year. I read somewhere that the scent repels deer. Let's hope!
Last week I went to south Georgia for a couple of days. Here's what it looked like around my Mama's house.
A beautiful pale pink azalea. I think Mama said that one is called George Tabor.
Beautiful purple azaleas with late afternoon shadows and sunlight.
See that huge bush, or rather tree, in the center of the photo? That's a camellia! Can you believe the size of it? It has a beautiful red bloom each year starting before Christmas and lasting until almost Spring. It's out of bloom right now, but I wanted to show you how large it is. The main part of my parents' house was built in the 1800's and we think that camellia may be as old as the house.
In the photo above I've walked up under that camellia to take a photo of its trunk and branches. It's so large that you could climb up into it. I'm not crouching down or anything. Just standing right inside the outer branches. Pretty incredible, huh?
The edges of Mama's backyard are lined all around with these gorgeous azaleas.
And, finally, one more from my own backyard.
I don't really know what this plant is. I think it may be a hydrangea of some variety. I just call it my white "puff ball." (Note: I just learned, courtesy of Southern Living Magazine, that this is a Chinese Snowball viburnum.)
What's blooming in your neck of the woods? Or has the Spring bloom started where you are? What blossoms do you look forward to seeing year after year?