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!!!!!