Aaaahhh…this picture just makes me smile. The azaleas are blooming and looking fantastic. Who cares that the pollen count is currently one million and my eyeballs are constantly watering?
Life is quiet fascinating. The life of a plant is no different. For the past few weeks I have enjoyed watching my plants escape dormancy. I have an interesting relationship with my azalea bushes. They were already present when we bought our house 3 years ago…all 17 of them. I really wish I could find a picture of them from when we first moved in. They were gorgeous…and we actually had grass…and it was even green. Then, something horrible happened. I suppose you could say that I was a bad plant mama. You see…plants need water…especially during droughts. We even have a sprinkler system that draws water from the lake we live on…but I didn’t even bother turning them on. Bad. Bad, bad plant mama. That was the first, most simple, and most important lesson that I learned about caring for azaleas. They died…almost. I didn’t even realize they were dying until my mother pointed it out…actually, she borderline chewed my butt out. I explained that I had no idea that azaleas are evergreens and that all their leaves are NOT supposed to fall off. She just shook her head. Oops.
So, we (my mother and I) proceeded to set up our sprinkler system and cut back all of the dead branches. She advised me to cut them all back, even the live ones, so that the bush would not use all of its energy saving the leggy branches. I didn’t listen though. I didn’t have the heart to cut off perfectly good branches. It felt like plant murder. Today, my azaleas live. They have survived my negligence and are thriving. However, they did scare me a bit. I few weeks ago, I noticed that their leaves were starting to turn yellow and some smaller twigs were beginning to die. I did my research and it appears that yellowing leaves can be caused by two different things. Lacebugs or alkaline soil. I couldn’t find any evidence of bugs, plus it seemed too early in the season for them. I tested the soil and it read 7.0, which is on the higher side but not terrible. My plan is to fertilize them after they bloom and then see what happens. It’s all a learning experience people.
As I mentioned, I just love to watch the process of a plants growth. Last year my mom dug up some hostas from her yard to give to me. After separating them, I ended up with about 45 plants. Yikes! I planted every single one of them and this year I was soooo nervous that they would not come back…so you can imagine my excitement when I saw these guys popping up out of the ground…
A few weeks later and these guys are not messing around…
I can only imagine what they are going to look like by the end of the summer! Anyone need any hosta cuttings??
I believe this is the most blooms that I have ever seen on my snowball tree…and it isn’t even in full bloom yet!
Can you tell that I love this time of year? How can you not love the beauty that is created by all of this new life?
Now…where’s my Claritin???
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