Inspired by Azalea Blooms

This past Sunday I drove a little bit north to George County MS to visit with my best girl for a bit during her father’s funeral services which were in Lucedale, MS. I’m from and live on the coast of Mississippi, but I did live in Lucedale for a short time after college which is where I met my friend. 🙂 When you’re in George County you truly are transported to a more quaint, country, and small town place. It’s that cliche kind of sweet southern town where everybody knows everybody and the yards are big and conveniences like a Target and Starbucks within a few miles will likely not be experienced there in our lifetime. But as I drove along those country roads – listening to music and admiring the scenery, I kept seeing the most beautiful and huge Azalea bushes. And I just thought to myself, “Are you even really in the south if you don’t see Azalea bushes growing wild in someone’s yard?”

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Azaleas are my second favorite flower next to a Tulip. Both of these flowers signal Spring time and all the fresh starts associated with Spring. The days are longer and the weather invites you to linger outside. You know that Spring has really made an appearance when you start seeing those Azalea blooms.

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My grandmother had two really large and mostly wild Azalea bushes on either side of her front porch. Azaleas will always remind me of her and Easters spent hunting eggs in her yard with my cousins.

It’s just really kind of magical the way that the blooms overwhelm the bush. I feel like you can’t help but smile and feel welcomed and happy when you see an Azalea bush at full bloom. Also, it seems that they really are low maintenance plants. You can let them grow wild and and free and they look as beautiful as the ones that I’ve seen trimmed and well maintained.

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We’ve been trying to figure out what we want to do with our yard now that it is Spring time. This is our first Spring and full Summer in our house, and we really want to fix up the landscaping. My drive this weekend solidified for me that I have to have Azalea bushes in the yard. I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest , and the whole scheme is just perfect. We have a similar looking front porch (minus the railing) and Shaun definitely wanted hanging ferns. I think this look with Azalea bushes in the flower bed is simply perfect and completely Southern.

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Now, all I have to do is find and hire a landscaper to implement this project! haha Any local suggestions? 😉

— Ashley