My good friend, Mary, invited me over to dinner on Easter Sunday. What a treat it was to see this NATIVE azalea in bloom! Mary told me that she purchased this from Callaway Gardens many years ago and it has grown into this beauty. I really wanted to see all the azaleas in bloom at Callaway Gardens when Richard had some time off recently, but the weather didn't co operate for us! So...I was thankful I was able to see the blooms on Easter day! (If you think that these azaleas look differently than the ones that you might see from the Masters from Augusta, Georgia...it is because the native azaleas are the ones that were championed by the Callaway family at Callaway Gardens...you may read more about the famous gardens in Georgia just here!)
Our dogwood trees are beginning to bloom now. I took this photo at the Sunrise Service on Easter.
Do you know how the dogwood relates to Easter? The flower is thought to resemble a cross, there is a crown of thorns in the center and in the middle of the tip of each petal, there is a reddish stain, like blood. And by the way, the dogwood is also native to this area, just like the pink azalea above.