April is coming to an end and despite all the rain, violent thunder storms, tornado warnings and hail, it has been a beauty! It is going to take me awhile to get used to how early Spring arrives here…
The many azaleas in our yard are blooming profusely. We figure they are 15 years old and badly in need of trimming and a hit of fertilizer. They are pink or white or fuchsia and we’d like to start a collection of more unusual varieties. So Peter and I drove down to Aiken, South Carolina to a plant sale and had a lovely time exploring. (And got caught up in tornado warnings and power outages!) We were quite interested in the native varieties the nursery had on offer. We did not buy this beauty, but one very like it which blooms in the Fall and has a scent! It will not be a bush, but a tree that may grow to 10′. The other one we bought is slightly smaller and will have yellow, fragrant flowers.
Though they were not offered for sale, the nursery had many mountain laurels in full bloom. I just love them. As a little girl, I went to camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and the mountain laurels would be blooming in the woods when my parents dropped me off in June. Such a yummy pink…
And back in our yard, can you see Papa Bluebird with a special, wiggly delivery? One of our neighbors gave us a bluebird home for Christmas and as soon as we got it up, the couples were investigating. There is just nothing like the intense blue flash of this guy in flight.
And look at this – – – strawberries! I grew up in Pennsylvania and my grandparents’ strawberries were ripe in time for my mother’s birthday in the beginning of June! I must admit these are not the best berries I’ve eaten and I think it’s because of all the rain. Think I’ll wait to buy more until we have a few more sunny days in a row to sweeten them up. But still – yum!
And again, we always hoped the roses would be out for Mom’s birthday, and the first rose opened on Sunday. There are snow peas on the little vines and I am planting tomatoes and veggies and annuals everywhere.
I just wonder what May will bring?