It Would not Be Spring without:

I saw the first butterfly today, a Spicebush Swallowtail. I caught a glimpse of him this morning. I got a closer look this afternoon when I thought to see if bees were visiting blueberry blooms. There was the butterfly, nectaring on Henbit blossoms. Azaleas are starting to open so Tiger Swallowtails should show up soon.

All these are blooming here on the First Day of Spring. The air is filled with fragrance of Pear blossoms and Tea Olive.

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies

DSCF3112 DSCF3113 DSCF3141 DSCF3142From the top:  Pink Ruffles, Formosa, George Tabor, Pink Pearl.




Tea Olive. Oh, the fragrance!


Tulip Magnolia smells like Watermelon.


Loropetalum comes in both crimson shades and white.

DSCF3144Ice Follies Daffodils — this one showed up later than the others.

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  1. Nell, these are so lovely. Just reading those names of the azaleas brought back so many memories of my Uncle Earl. He had over 1,100 varieties on his ten acres in Fayetteville. I’m pretty sure he knew the names of everyone of them. Love you!

    • Nell Jean

       /  March 21, 2014

      These four are my primary Azaleas and we have Poukhanense, Judge Solomon and a white azalea that was obviously NOT Delaware Valley White as labeled. Lane’s Mama never could get Pride of Mobile to persist here. I would love having as many varieties as your Uncle Earl but I just plant more of the same kinds. Every Spring I drool over the Red Formosa azaleas between Colquitt and Blakely. I even have a spot picked out for them, lol.

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