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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– Oh, My!

Darlings, it is beautiful here in our little paradise!

The azaleas were magnificent, until the heavy rain. Still some.

Third year for the Zephirine Drouhin. I'm so excited! Not only is she about to burst forth into bloom and growth, but I'm learning to spell her name.

Bridal wreath, spirea. Oh, this is the best it has been in years, due to drought.

We're going to have oranges this year! God willing.

White wisteria. I brought in a bouquet. Made the hallway smell divine, but petals drop almost instantly, everywhere. Dear Sweetie Pie grandson had the best idea. He stripped off the blossoms, clutched them in two hands, and we put them in a bowl.

One person's weed is another person's glory. Oxalis everywhere. So cheerful.

Sweet olive, or some call tea olive. The best tree ever! Bloomed since the early fall!

Enjoy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from May Dreams Gardens. Thanks to Carol!

13 Comments
  1. It is so beautiful there Curtiss Ann. My oh my don’t the azaleas love the south, and your rose, she is a beauty too. I’m going to buy a couple of Zephirines to replace the one I lost. I have just the spot for them. Hugs.~~Dee

    March 23, 2012
    • Honey, I have killed or maimed the azaleas I’ve bought since moving here. Today bought the native variety in hopes they can survive me. At least we are getting rain! My Zephirine went over in a windstorm but made it through.

      Miss you. Xxxoo CurtissAnn

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      March 23, 2012
  2. Nice azaleas, you must have aciidic soils or the previous owners added peat moss. Nice blooms.

    March 18, 2012
    • Very acid soil here on the Gulf Coast. Azaleas are native.

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      March 18, 2012
  3. Beautiful azalea blooms and that is something we cannot have in Austin-except with a lot of pampering. Don’t you just love Zepherine droiun. Her fragrance is amazing. My husband will go out there every day and smell a rose. One thing we have noticed though is that by late afternoon her fragrance has diminished. It would be interesting to know if the same is true for you too. I love the pink oxalis too although it is not rampant in my garden as it is in some. Happy boom day.

    March 16, 2012
  4. Beautiful azaleas! What’s that growing behind them along the fence? I need to screen some rental houses down the street, and am trying to learn about good hedging shrubs.

    March 16, 2012
    • Those bushes in the photo behind the azaleas are ligustrum. The big old variety, sorry, don’t know botanical. Ligustrum is planted as a hedge all around the back yard, and it is a wonderful screen, makes like a little secret garden. You can see a photo of one side of our hedge in this post: http://curtissannmatlock.com/2011/04/15/yes-ligustrum-joy/

      Those particular bushes the previous owners cut down to the ground, in order to put in the privacy fencing along the extended carport-garage. They have come back that far in the three years we’ve lived here–well, really further, because we trimmed them earlier this year. I’ve learned a lot more about trimming, so I’m trimming them again. :)

      Most people consider ligustrum a ‘trash tree’, but not me! I adore them! They will flower around June and produce the most wonderful fragrance, for those of us who have appreciation. I don’t know if you can grow them in Western NC, however, in my hometown of Elizabeth City, NC, near the coast, they grew. I remember the scent from childhood, when walking in my grandmother’s neighborhood. They also grew on the Oklahoma plain, where I lived many years.

      Thanks for stopping by. CurtissAnn

      March 16, 2012
      • Thank you, ma’am. Evidently they do fine with full sun, so I must find a nursery around here that has some.

        March 16, 2012
  5. So many beautiful blooms…I love your azaleas! I have killed my quota and am not willing to fuss as much as they require to be happy here…but they are so stunning in your garden!

    March 15, 2012
    • Leslie, I have killed my quota, too! The vibrant ones in photos were planted by previous owners, well established. I’ve a new rule: any new azaleas I plant have to be native variety.

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      March 15, 2012
  6. Barbara Hope #

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers.

    March 15, 2012
  7. Oh my Curtiss Ann!
    it is beautiful! Nothing growing out side in my garden yet. We still have snow on the ground. But there is an abundance growing under lights in the basement. I can hardly wait for the new garden season. :)

    March 15, 2012
  8. Nell Jean #

    All my favorites and more!

    March 15, 2012

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