Studying the Buds

I am happy to see signs of spring.

On warm days, the honeybees are buzzing around.  I’ve noticed that the buds are swelling and have even seen leaves on the most precocious ones.

This year as usual, I am charmed by the native azalea flower buds.

Native azalea buds are striking all winter with overlapping scales that catch the low slanting sun.

 

The scales become loose and often take on different colors as the buds swell.

 

The scales separate and begin to reveal the inner contents in a slowly dramatic strip tease.

 

The exotic erotic flower parts will continue to expand as they mature to the final flower color and release their intoxicating fragrance.

Stay tuned for further developments!  I will soon post pictures of the golden orange flame azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) and the precious pink wild honeysuckle azalea (Rhododendron canescens).

Right now I’m enjoying the green phase.

 

 

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2 Responses to“Studying the Buds”

  1. Debra king says:

    Enjoying the green phase….me too. Thanks for sharing

  2. Lea says:

    Beautiful buds!
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

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