Last summer I went a little nutty with adding Azaleas to my garden. I planted three, to be exact; not too many, really, but one too many within a week. I get that way sometimes. I’ve had Clematis moments and coneflower moments and Rudbeckia moments and Aster moments and so on. So last year it was Azaleas. Plus, they were at a great price, so how could I resist? A girl can only have so much self-restraint.
Anyway, I may have gone a little Azalea-happy, but my enthusiasm wasn’t going to guarantee that they’d do well for me, especially since I’d never grown one outdoors.
It seems that one of them is rather happy in my humble little garden under my humble care, and has flowered to let me know just how happy it is.
Apparently, very happy. Just look at the blooms.
They are unbelievable. They practically glow in the dark. Even the photos don’t quite capture the intensity of these orange flowers.
Here is the development that I witnessed over a couple of weeks. The plant filled up with blooms...
...and I waited patiently for them to open up.
And within a few short days, the flowers emerged.
They are the most stunning orange I’ve ever seen.
And I was quite flattered that this plant has bloomed for me despite it being my first attempt at growing an Azalea.
Now, I hope that the other two Azaleas in my garden perform just as well. There are no signs yet of flowers, but we’ll see what happens. At the very least, I’ve gotten a glimpse into how amazing these plants are.