Azaleas under moss-laden oaks are almost a cliche but I love them. When bursting in colorful bloom they are stunning. When not in bloom they provide layers of evergreen foliage for spring irises, caladiums and bromeliads to play against.
These flowering shrubs are reliable bloomers at a time of year when things often look bleak. This year's mild winter weather however has allowed many of the companion plants to remain green giving the overall garden a more complete look.
It may be a one-type-of-flower show right now, but there is such an abundance of azalea flowers that the pollinators are enjoying quite a feast.
This large carpenter bee is one of many that have been buzzing around the bushes. I just love watching them start flying and flitting as soon as the sun begins to warm the day.
The azaleas may have a short run of blooms, typically lasting about a month, but this show has just begun. There are plenty of additional buds yet to pop.