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Saturday, February 2, 2008
Azaleas are Blooming
The azaleas began bursting forth this week. There are more buds than blooms but what a refreshing sight the new blossoms are. This is a tall growing Southern Indica best known as Formosa. These popular southern plants are rugged (hardy to 10 degrees F) and form huge spreading mounds that can reach 15 feet in height. At mid-season it covers itself with huge (3 inches across) purple-lavender, pink or white flowers.
One of our most popular Southern Indica azaleas, the 'Duc' has single salmon flowers that are about 1.5 inches across. It is an early bloomer (from December to May depending on location). 'Duc de Rohan' forms compact spreading mounds from 2 to 3 feet in height.
Azalea; Rhododendron; George Tabor - the pale pink- possibly my favorite variety...
The white variety ('Mrs. G.G. Gerbing') haven't any bloooms yet... I've noticed in years past they tend to lag a little bit behind in time before they begin their show. That's okay with me as it will prolong my joy to have waves of blooms.