Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Azaleas are in Bloom

When they bloom the colors are very intense. Different varieties bloom at different times so that in a large planting the colorful show lasts for about a month. I have some in my back garden that are not quite in bloom yet but when they are I will brag about them.

Azaleas come in many shades of red, pink, white and purple. Some are single and some are double. All are beautiful.

Azaleas come in a wide variety of colors and form very thick compact shrubs that bloom all at once and last for a week or so. Driving through the old midtown part of Tulsa is to be treated to garden after garden of beautiful azaleas.

Northeastern Oklahoma in general and Tulsa in particular is noted for its Azaleas. A member of the rhododendron family these shrubs burst into bloom over a period of weeks in early to mid spring. They are very popular as foundation plantings. Azaleas were once thought of as too delicate for the hot Oklahoma summers but adapt well in northern exposures and under high shade. They are planted in great masses in parks. Tomorrow I will show you some highlights of beautiful Woodward Park in Tulsa. Honor Heights Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma has an annual Azalea Festival that draws visitors from a large area. It is worth the drive.


Elleona said... [Reply to comment]


Personnellement, je n'ai jamais vu de buissons d'azalées ; je ne les connais qu'en pot.
En revanche, j'ai visité un petit bois de rhododendrons : magique !

RennyBA said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful sign of spring - full of life and so collarful!

Happy Easter :-)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

And how hot is it? France is still a bit chilly, at around 15C. But Canada is much colder... Around 0C I think this week.