May 4th, 2012
A Lesson in Azaleas
Posted by F&S
After helping Wilmer with the cat’s cradles for peonies, we Frenchies, headed to a far corner of the farm, where Martha has planted some beautiful flowering shrubs. At first, we weren’t quite sure what they were, but with a little investigation, we had it all figured out.
1 Sharkey! Look how vibrant these bushes are! Do you suppose they're azaleas or perhaps, rhododendrons?
2 Francesca, it's not uncommon to confuse the two. After all, azaleas are in the genus Rhododendron. However, most azaleas can be distinguished from rhodododendrons by their leaves.
3 The leaves of azaleas tend to be thinner, softer, and more pointed than rhododendron leaves, which can be quite large.
4 And rhododendron flowers bloom in clusters, while azaleas have just one blossom per stem.
5 Azalea flowers can range in size and color from white, to pink, to purple, to red - there are no yellow azaleas and only a few orange varieties.
6 Oh, Sharkey! Take a look at these azaleas! They're such a lovely shade of lavender!
7 This variety is commonly referred to as George Taber. Franny, did you know there are over 10,000 cultivated varieties of Azaleas?
8 Hmm, this variety doesn't have a fragrance, but there are some azaleas that are quite scented!
9 They are very shade tolerant and can thrive beneath trees.
10 Unfortunately, I'm not so shade tolerant when there's still a chill in the air, like today! Brrrr!
11 I'm with you, Sharkey! Let's head back to where it's sunny and see what else is going on at the farm!
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