Spring 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!
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.
Azaleas in more protected areas grew tall, creating floral hallways leading to lakes, benches and arbors.
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.
My favorite place to sit and think.
A sacred pine tree resides here.
Airlie Gardens is a small garden with easy walks through historic grounds.
A sweet place to be.
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