Our weather is taking us on a roller coaster ride this month. After some lovely warm days in the 70s and 80s, the forecast for tonight is back down below freezing. We are a couple of weeks past our average last freeze, and all the plants have been blooming accordingly. I’ll throw a covering over some tender things and take my chances with the rest.
I’m enjoying my first year with the Japanese magnolia, shown in the top photo. There aren’t many blooms, and she’s a little later than some varieties, but “Jane” promises to be an excellent addition to the back east corner with the azaleas as she grows in years to come.
The back west corner of the yard is dominated now by a large Pride of Mobile azalea. I photographed a sunset behind it last week. These big southern indica hybrids aren’t meant to be trimmed down into little boxes or round balls in the shrub borders. I’ve seen some old ones two stories high. This one seems gangly this year and could use some precision trimming, but I’ll wait until all the blooms are gone.
My dwarf Encore azaleas have done well this spring, especially this Autumn Fire. Since reds don’t seem to photograph well, I made a collage of this small shrub to give you a sense of how fully it has bloomed this year.
I wish I knew the name of this medium-sized azalea. I think it’s probably a Kurume hybrid based on the leaves and size. I love the variegation in the pink blossoms.
Our gnarled old crabapple is just starting to bloom in the front yard. We’ve had mostly cloudy days this week, and the blossoms don’t photograph as well with grey skies in the background. I finally had a break and was able to take advantage of a bright blue sky. Unfortunately, we were under a wind advisory last night, so many delicate petals were scattered over the yard this morning, making it look like we had a light snowfall.
Finally, I’ve taken a wide shot of the middle of the backyard. You’re missing the left far corner and fence rows up the sides, but you can see azaleas on the right and left. The rose in the center circle was pruned in January and is full of new leaf growth. The woods out back are greening up nicely too. Other shrubs will bloom in their time in the weeks and months to come.
Ecclesiastes 3:11a He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Have a blessed week.