Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Grandmama" azalea, ca.1958

This gorgeous old pink azalea with its double blooms was given to our family when my maternal grandmother died in 1958. I planted it here in our family plot at the beautiful historic Fairview Cemetery that spring.
We have rooted numerous cuttings from it over the years and shared it with friends and relatives. It was twice this size until about three years ago it mistakenly got "trimmed up" by the cemetery crew! I had one of those southern "conniption fits" and now they know not to bother our lot; we do the maintenance, which is very little. So now we have "cousin" pink azaleas from this shrub at home in front and back yards as well as down the lane at my late parents' house. I think they all bloomed very well this year considering the ongoing drought our area of the state is in.
.........and isn't this view of dogwood branches glorious?!! I rode through the cemetery yesterday just to admire the many lots with blooms everywhere! I found pink and yellow tulips, white iris, and pansies along with the pink and white dogwood trees........what a lovely place for us to spend eternity when the time comes!!!!!


crooked heart art~tammy said...

hi phyl
WOW is that ever one grand azalea!!
i love the history that surrounds it too~its a beauty :)
enjoy your day

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Good golly miss molly, I'm in heaven here! Such beauty and evidence of LIFE is found in this post... you're the best! ~Monica :)

Gypsy said...

Your place is a garden of beauty, Phyl! Love that double azalea! and when are you going to begin on your rocks? I am looking at all the ones in my driveway!LOL!

Maggie R said...

Hi Phyl,
I was just drinking in the beauty fo your flowers. They are awesome. and the Dogwood trees are breathtaking too. You are so lucky to live amid such splendour!