Bloom Tuesday

Around town, the magnolias look lovely and many gardens have the hardy pink azaleas in bloom as well. At my house, it’s still all about the bulbs. In the front, four types of tulips are blooming in close formation. In back, the grape hyacinth (Muscari) are blooming near some daffodils. (Though, I have to admit, the daffodils were very poorly placed (by me) and look too much like soldiers in a row, and not enough like a circle of friends. Clusters, not lines with bulbs.)

Three of my neighbors have azaleas in full bloom. Mine are dragging behind, which has been the pattern for several years. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but it’s something, because my bushes are scraggly looking and bloom two weeks after everyone else’s plants. The exposure is identical (southeast, protected, near the house) so that is not it. Anyone know what could be the problem? These are the hardy Northern Lights azaleas (botanically they are Rhododendrons) and they were bred for this climate. Well, mine should be blooming by next week, and–judging by the amount of sneezing I’ve been doing lately–the lilacs should be in bloom next week as well.

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