We have loads of azaleas on our property — planted by the previous owners. We have a variety of pinks, a few white and a few red varieties. It is always a pleasure to see them return each year.

Azalea 2014 1

Azalea 2014 2

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook

“Azaleas (pron.: /əˈzeɪliə/) are flowering shrubs comprising two of the eight subgenera of the genus Rhododendron, Tsutsuji (evergreen) and Pentanthera (deciduous). Azaleas bloom in spring in the Northern hemisphere and in winter in the Southern hemisphere, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees.” —

Previously in Flowering Now: