Friday, May 17, 2013

The Azaleas Are In Bloom in Oregon!

Oregon is a great place if happen to be a blooming plant, especially a rose or an  azalea.  The main city of the state, Portland, is called "The Rose City' and has a major annual parade to rival that of Pasadena's world famous New Years Day event.  And we even have a town here in the southern part of the state called Azalea!    There is a nice combination of rain and sunshine this time of year that makes everything grow, and this is time of year when for a few weeks when the azalea blooms   are magnificent.  Here are some examples.

This is just along the walkway to the front door. More on the flowers from the invaluable Wikipedia: Azaleas (pron.: /əˈzliə/) are flowering shrubs comprising two of the eight subgenera of the genus RhododendronTsutsuji(evergreen) and Pentanthera (deciduous). Azaleas bloom in spring in the Northern hemisphere and in winter in the Southern hemisphere, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees.


A blooming azalea. It won't be out long but it's glorious while it lasts.

  Another variety, planted just in front of the curb.

  
One more bloom. This one is a favorite of the bumble bees, who were too shy to come out when I came out with the  camera to buzz about. 

5 comments:

  1. I've landscaped with azaleas for nearly three decades now, Doug; while most people reserve the term for the smaller counterpart, the larger rhododendron is, as you've properly pointed out, an azalea, and is the proper genus name.

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    1. Thanks Astra: the azaleas don't stay in bloom long, but they are worth the wait I'd say!

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  2. When I lived in Christchurch, my children and I used to walk through a magnificent azalea garden (Ilam Gardens) every day as we went to school and uni respectively. They tend to bloom around September, October, November here, which is our spring of course. lovely pictures.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences Iri Ani. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and will check out any sited with pictures of the Ilam gardens.

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  3. Here where I live they bloom in January !

    These are beautiful Doug.

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