Do you just love azaleas? I must say they are my very favorite flowering shrub.
I am happy to share my Dad's azaleas.
We stopped to visit Dad on our way back from Florida and stayed a week with him. The timing was perfect, his azaleas were in full bloom.
Talk about size and color, his shrub is huge. It spans about five feet across and is about five feet tall.
I tried to zoom in close so you can see the filaments drooping down in the center of the bloom.
I must tell you, Dad doesn't do one thing to the azaleas shrub, remember he is 91 and sure doesn't work in the yard anymore. My Mom planted them years and years ago and she passed away in 2004 so they haven't been touched since.
Next I'll show you some lighter pink azaleas that are in his neighbor's yard. There's a funny story about his neighbor's azaleas that I'll share with you.
The neighbor's house had sold a few years ago and the new owners were in the yard so I happened to be visiting my parents and went over to introduce myself. The azaleas weren't in bloom at the time and the guy says he thinks he's going to cut down the row of bushes (about 6 azaleas) because they didn't seem very pretty and he wanted something more colorful.
Well, you know I almost choked and immediately began to tell him about azaleas and begged him to wait until at least summer to make up his mind. I assured him they would be beautiful and have gorgeous color. Needless to say, his azaleas are still growing and showing beautiful color in the late Spring.
Hope you have enjoyed Dad's azaleas and his neighbors too - Judy
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