Every year when the native azaleas bloom, I wonder why I don't have more.
Pink and white Piedmont Azaleas
with the repeating evergreen 'Autumn Amethyst' (looking very fushcia pink this year) and Woodland Phlox.
Two or three years ago I tried to add more but they were too small and succumbed to heat and drought despite my efforts to save them. The big azaleas I have now were put in before the house move, when this bed was one of the closest to the house and well. After purchase I need to let them grow on the porch for a year or two and graduate up to 3 gallon size before setting them out in the fall. Who wouldn't want more? They are so lovely -- graceful even -- and sweetly fragrant.
Far less refined, not native but even more fragrant, I am always thrilled when the wisteria blooms. About every other year frost catches it out. Was I dumb to have planted the sucker from DH's grandparents' farm 15 years ago? Possibly. Probably. Yes. It is a thug extraodinaire, now sending suckers underground several feet out from the base. But I do love the purple flowers and their extraorinary sweet scent.
What would April be without the delicious scents of spring?