Friday, April 3, 2009

Pink Azaleas

Beverly of How Sweet the Sound is hosting Pink Saturday. Please visit her for lots of pink posts this week. Thank you Beverly for being our hostess.

This picture is one of my favorite flowers-azaleas. This past week the azaleas in our town have really put on a show! All over town they are blooming and add so much beauty to the spring! This picture was edited with Windows Live Writer using ‘Reflection.’IMG_0327

When we first bought the house we are living in now, we didn’t have a single azalea in the yard. Starting in 2003, each year we have bought several and planted them along the wooded area of our yard. We now have close to 50 planted. I even planted some from my mom’s house that had rooted under her large shrubs.

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They have to be kept watered regularly the first year, but after that they usually do really well without much pampering. Of all the ones I’ve planted, I haven’t had a single one to die. The darker pink one is ‘Formosa’ which is the most common to our area and probably the easiest to grow.

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Each year I buy one big bag of Azalea Food and fertilize them after they bloom, and so far they have not failed to disappoint the next spring with lots of beautiful blooms. And one more thing about azaleas-they are usually CHEAP! I usually buy the ones that are a couple of dollars at most at Lowe’s, Walmart or other chain stores. I do have about 4 or 5 of the Encore Azaleas, but for some reason I love the old fashion ones the best even though their blooming season is short lived.

Hope you have a great pink Saturday!

Thanks for coming by,

Diane

37 comments:

imjacobsmom said...

Wow, your yard must be just gorgeous! (You're a bit ahead of us here in zone 4.) Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

Kris said...

Happy PS

Azaleas are one of my favorite plants. Just beautiful. Yours are amazing.

Have a happy day

Kris

Chandy said...

Oh my goodness! What pretty blooms! I'd love to plant some azaleas and see if they'd live for me!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I just love azaleas, but for the life of me , I cannot keep them alive ! I get so frustrated .Yours are beautiful.

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

So very beautiful! Spring is THE season for pink! ~Arleen

Linda said...

How very pretty! I have some azaleas also but they are a long way from blooming yet! It was nice to see yours! Happy Pink Saturday!
Linda

Chari said...

Hi Diane...

Ooooh...your azaleas are gorgeous, my friend!!! Such pretty pinkness! Your yard is gorgeous...I can just imagine all of your azaleas in bloom!

Well...why you're enjoying your pretty pink azaleas...we are getting another big snow storm (they're calling it a blizzard) here in Colorado today! Sheeesh...will Spring ever get here? Hehe! Thanks for sharing your Spring beauties...gives me hope that there is a Spring!

Hope your Saturday is filled with pretty pink pleasures...
Chari
PS...Diane, I just love your new Spring header and the photo of those precious children...such sweeties!

Say It With Roses said...

Hi Diane, Are those darling children yours?
Your pink Azaleas are just lovely. I did now they are so hardy and am going to see if they will live in Michigan.

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!
Jil

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Your pink Azaleas are beautiful!
Happy Pink Saturday!
♥ Teresa

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Diane,
Your flowers are lovely! Have a wonderful Pink Day.

Blessings,
Sandi

dana said...

Hi Diane!

I love Azaleas, but haven't had any luck growing them in our Missouri climate. Yours are wonderful--and I have to agree with you, I also like the pink ones the best!

Hope you're having a great Pink Sat!
Dana

Smilingsal said...

They are beautiful, Diane. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday.

bj said...

Just beautiful! I think I will plant some along a fence I have...

Kelli@SassySouthernMom said...

They are beautiful...Maybe in 6 years time my azaleas will look that way! LOL!!

someplace in thyme said...

I remember when we lived in GA. We had over 30 azaleas that were more than 20 years old. They were so gorgeous when they bloomed, they almost took your breath away. Yours are just as lovely and I am sure you cherish this time of year with them, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Mimi said...

Pink Saturday is one of those times that I indulge myself and my ♥ of the color pink. Today your blog helped to fill my pink-a-licious desire. Thanks so much!

Joanna said...

Love the azaleas. They are one of my favorite flowers.

Claudia said...

Wish I could gaze at your whole yard! Must be beautiful with all those azaleas! Happy Pink Saturday!

Joy said...

Diane, your azaleas are gorgeous!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Lovely yard and beautiful azaleas...don't you wish they bloomed all summer?!
Happy PINK Saturday!
;-D

Es said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

Happy Pink Saturday ! X Es X

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous Azaleas, Diane!

Gardengirl said...

Diane, your our garden is breathtaking !!! I could see myself sitting there sipping lemonade..... pink lemonade of course. Happy Pink Saturday.

Amy said...

So pretty! I'm sad that our have already bloomed and gone back to being green.

Happy PS

amy@maisonbelle

Light and Voices said...

50 plants my goodness what a Spring show you must have in your garden. Sounds lovely! Do you give tours? In Illinois we have azaleas but they don't POP like they do in other states. I am not sure why. Perhaps the soil or the long, long, long winters. Have a wonderful week-end.
Joyce

CC said...

Your azaleas are just beautiful. I've so enjoyed my visit to your blog.. Happy Pink Saturday..and have a great week.

sarascreations said...

your flowers are wonderful, and your blog is great too.

Bo said...

Hi Diane...We LOVE azaleas too! Here in Texas they need to be watered almost daily during our HOT summers...but thet are worth it! 50 plants...wow! ;-) Bo

Valerie said...

Such beautiful azaleas! Thanks for sharing.

I haven't tried to plant anything in our yard yet and really need to! It is void of color, but I noticed a comment from a Missourian that said she didn't have too much luck.

We have pretty hot and dry summers here in Kansas, but if the fellow blogger in Texas can do it then perhaps I can too!

Blessings to you from the Heartland,
Valerie

Lisa said...

I love azelas also! They are just the first thing when spring hits and you know Easter is comming!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs, Lisa

KatCollects said...

My azaleas haven't bloomed yet, but I love them. Happy Pink Saturday.
Kathy

Sandy Toes said...

So very pretty~
sandy toe

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

50 azaleas bushes in bloom must look gorgeous Diane! I love all the colors of yours!

Couture de Papier said...

Geezz still freezin her in NE it was like november today..thank you for bright fowers..we still have a long way to go here..brrrr..Happy Pink Saturday!
I am having a blog giveaway hope you can sign up!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

All those azaleas are just magnificent! Just love blooms all around. Happy Pink Saturday!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful azaleas! Your yard must be amazing this time of year with all of them blooming! I've sadly neglected my yard this past year...going to have to get to it this spring. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous blooms! Susan

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

They remind me of my gramma's house...she had the most beautiful azaleas and she did nothing to them. They just kept blooming and blooming every year. Every once in a while I drive past her old house...and they are still going strong.