Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Azaleas are the quintessential southern spring flower.

They signal the start of spring in my zone 9 garden, and come in hues of bright fuschia, white, violet, sunset orange, red, and hot pink to name a few. When I was a kid, there wasn't a yard that didn't have at least a handful of azaleas scattered around. Many had the giant 7 foot tall Formosa varieties that were covered in blooms. But now, you see fewer and fewer as professional landscapers fail to add this southern staple to new yards. Happy Valentine's Day to all of the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day bloggers!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Susan, I just love this 'staple' in your garden. It is so full of blossoms. Great!

Carol said...

Those azaleas just scream out "spring" to me. We don't grow a lot of azaleas here in zone 5, and if we do, they never really reach their potential, so it is a treat to see the pictures of them in other gardens.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

rusty in miami said...

Your azaleas, like Meems are looking great. I think they do better in the central part of the state. Here in South Florida, they never flowered like in your area

Susan said...

Lisa & Carol...azaleas are beautiful. It's too bad they don't bloom longer or more often.

Rusty...it is amazing how different gardening is between central and south Florida. Just as you are wrapping up your tomato growing season, we are just beginning.

Meems said...

Susan- Hey,I'm sorry I missed this post. The azaleas are interesing plants aren't they? It seems folks who don't have a yard to speak of have azaleas stuck here and there to brighten even the most unkempt yards. They seem to do better when left to themselves under a span of oaks.

Yours are quite wonderful to see.

Andrea's Garden said...

Hello, found your blog by reading through others and it is very interesting. Your azalea caught my eye. Over here they don't bloom until April/May along with rhododendrons. Good post, thanks! Andrea (from Germany)

Susan said...

Hi Andrea...Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to visiting your German garden. :-)

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