spring

North Carolina Azalea Festival

ImageSpring officially begins for me with the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.

I’m not a huge fan of large events.

However, azaleas are blooming everywhere in this town and surrounding gardens!

Colors bright and vivid that make me happy!

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2013 was a rough year for the azaleas thanks to numerous storms and cold weather.

Tulips planted at Airlie Gardens brought color to help accentuate the azaleas, live oaks and sweeping greenery.

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Azaleas in more protected areas grew tall, creating floral hallways leading to lakes, benches and arbors.

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In this image you can see the new, bright green live oak leaves peeking through Spanish moss.

The pollen is incredible.

My black car is now greenish yellow.

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My favorite place to sit and think.

A sacred pine tree resides here.

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Airlie Gardens is a small garden with easy walks through historic grounds.

A sweet place to be.