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Elegant Azaleas

Elegant Azaleas

Delicate blossoms.

ELEGANT AZALEAS

Elegant azaleas can add a stunning impact in your garden. This azalea is gorgeous with prolific blooms from the bottom of the plant to the end of every branch. The color is a blush of faint pink with darker markings on the petal edges.

I bought this last spring and transplanted it this winter into a larger container where it busted out in a plethora of new growth filled with blossoms for the spring fashion show, the only thing missing is fragrance. The good news: azaleas can bloom for several weeks.

Two years ago, I planted a Red Bird Azalea that expanded and I had to transplant it after it doubled in size in one year. Some varieties are smaller and more compact and it is good to choose the correct size for your garden area (photos from the first year, last spring).

When I was young, we lived in Chamblee, Georgia near Atlanta. At our new house, my Dad planted several azaleas in the front yard and they looked grand with their cranberry blossoms each spring. The azaleas grew well under the pine and dogwood trees in the right environment, in the shade with acidic soil.

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Blooming forth!

This spring, I added eight new azaleas for containers throughout my front and backyard. Azaleas prefer shade or tree cover with acidic soil either in the ground or containers. I have them in containers on the side of the house, on the front porch, on the deck, and on the patio. As long as they have some shade, they develop profusely.

Azaleas are either evergreen or deciduous plants; my plants are evergreen, providing green serenity in between numerous flowering plants in my garden.

During planting, I add soil amendments prepared specifically for azaleas, organic acidic azalea food, seaweed organic fertilizer, rainwater. These organic planting methods ensure healthy soil, healthy leaves and roots, prolific blooms, and sturdy growth.

Prune the plants soon after they bloom to avoid reducing next year’s buds. You can prune some of the branches every other year to ensure buds for the next spring. Mulch your plants two to three inches deep with pine straw, leaves or bark.

By providing azaleas with their favorite environment, your plants can produce abundant blossoms and healthy foliage for you to enjoy in your garden setting throughout the year. As a shrub, azaleas provide formal foliage throughout the year or you can prune them in a more casual, branching style.

Last night, I transplanted this azalea into a larger container with additional room for next year’s growth.

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Night blooming azalea.

Perhaps I can help you with your garden design or container gardening to make an impact at your entranceway, porch, or deck. For your commercial business or residential property, I will prepare a plan for your microclimate to make your entrance more inviting with a sense of place and beauty. Please visit my website page for more information: Dawn to Dusk Garden Design Services. Contact me today and let’s get started. How can I help you? Let’s plant some elegant azaleas; they can make a stunning impact in your garden.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
–Thomas Alva Edison

Open Space, Conservation, and Preservation

 Open Space, Conservation, and Preservation

IMG_2795The mountaintop view was thrilling. While witnessing the valley from the mountain I saw a different perspective; one of open space, conservation, and preservation. I thought about how large our city spreads over so many miles and how blessed we are with abundant open space.

IMG_2823To see expanses of greenery in our suburban setting vs. a more urban concrete landscape made me feel proud that our community knows that this is a healthier environment.

In our city and our county, our planners and voters preserved open space for the enjoyment of its community members to wander, dream, inspire, and to release our worldly concerns. It’s working.

IMG_2055Pockets of open space are broad and sometimes small but just the right size for people to have enough elbow room to share some greenery, sunlight, shade, wildflowers, boulders, wildlife, grasslands, and woodlands. In our region, we do not have to travel a great distance to find this green relief.

We preserved most of the ridge tops without housing or office buildings growing on them. Instead, they are ridges with forests, woodlands, grassy meadows, and hiking trails for humans, dogs, horses, and bicyclists to exercise, relax, decompress, and to play.

We have local nature organizations that IMG_2739preserve open space for native plants and wildlife in the form of marshlands, which are a vital chain in a healthy ecosystem. While others return former dairy cow meadows into green belts surrounding communities. We secured natural woodlands, pockets of redwood forests, beaches, streams, creeks, and lakes for future generations to visit and recreate.

It is an ongoing business to conserve and preserve our natural environment in our community. We are all responsible for these natural landscapes to maintain a healthy ecosystem, which includes humans, not merely wildlife and natural habitats.

IMG_2120In the last century, we reserved large parcels of open space while some most recently as the last month by forward thinking people.
Through our conservation, we saved bird nesting sites, wildflowers, butterflies, elk preserves, clapper rails, native grasses, sand dunes, redwood trees, and additional forms of wildlife and habitat species that are thriving in their environment and playing their role in the natural ecosystem.

“In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” –Thomas Jefferson.

Take some time to see a different perspective, your new view will be inspiring in matters of principle through conservation and preservation of our open space.

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