One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Of course my favorite Azalea would be the Florida Azalea, Rhododendron austrinum
This one's in the parking lot in Fern Valley; I could smell it from a few parking spaces away when I stopped in after work. This particular plant is a bit precocious, most of the other R. austrinum individuals aren't flowering yet but they're close. I think the heat absorbed by the paved parking lot speeds it up a bit. Directly across the road is a cool small tree, Red Buckeye or Aesculus pavia with bright red erect inflorescences.