Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Azaleas

It's spring in Houston and that means azaleas.  For a few weeks in March and April flowers in all shades of pink, lavendar, and white grace our lawns.  If you like, you can visit the annual Azalea Trail and wander the gardens in prestigious River Oaks.  But you don't have to.  Drive down any street and you can see blossoms so beautiful they bring tears to your eyes.  And along with them are redbud trees, roses, pansies, but the azalea is queen.  No matter that in a couple of weeks those bushes will just be uninteresting green shrubs, for now they make the city a fairyland.
I wanted azalea bushes in my yard.  The landscaper said no; the yard man agreed.  "You won't water them enough," the landscaper said.  "The only time this yard gets water is when it falls from the sky," said the yard man.
So no azaleas for me.  But I can enjoy them, and hey, that doesn't require any work.

And a special thanks to Arlee Bird who started the A to Z Challenge and made April my favorite blogging month.


Ornery's Wife said... [Reply to comment]

Alas, no azaleas for me either. I have tried, but to no avail. Here in OK there is a huge park in Muskogee called Honor Heights that is filled with the most dazzling display of azaleas. They even have a festival to celebrate their blooms.

Welcome to the A to Z!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

Those are definitely beautiful flowers, it's a shame they only bloom for a short time.

Susan Kane said... [Reply to comment]

Such beautiful blossoms make us appreciate them even more, with their brief appearances.

L. Diane Wolfe said... [Reply to comment]

We don't have any azaleas, but nearby Wilmington, NC hosts an azalea festival every spring. They grow like crazy near the beach.

Nikki said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful flowers :) I love them but they don't always do so well!

Hugs from Nikki -

JoJo said... [Reply to comment]

Azaleas are beautiful. I wish they lasted longer.

Laura Marcella said... [Reply to comment]

Ooo, those azaleas are beautiful. How I love spring! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Rossandra White said... [Reply to comment]

I really struggled to keep the azaleas we had when we first moved into our house here in Laguna Beach. They are lovely.

Sopphey Vance said... [Reply to comment]

Oh that sounds so pretty! It's been years since I've visited Houston and am now secretly plotting an adventure just to see Azaleas!

Wendy H said... [Reply to comment]

The flowers sound lovely. I don't have a green thumb, but I admire those who do!

Melody said... [Reply to comment]

You, your page, and your azaleas are lovely! Following :)

Shannon Lawrence said... [Reply to comment]

Those azaleas are lovely. It being semi-arid here, I imagine they aren't really around, which explains why I haven't seen them. Someone would have to do an awful lot of watering to keep them alive here. I wonder if we had them in Oregon?

Shannon at The Warrior Muse


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