This is an azalea growing beside one of my gardenia shrubs. They each benefit from the dappled shade of an oak tree to the north of them, a maple tree to the south of them, and the afternoon shade cast from the corner of my house that is situated to the west of them.
“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1 KJV
Azaleas belong to the genus Rhododendron of the heath family (Ericaceae). They are beautiful, but they can be a little fussy. They require acidic soil that is well drained. They like a little sun, but not a lot, and definitely not the blazing afternoon sun. That is why if their only source of shade comes from a building they will usually be planted on either the east or the north side. Azaleas are one of my favorite blooming shrubs. Put them in the right place and allow them to abide there, because they do not like their roots to be disturbed, and be sure to water them (both their roots and their leaves) in the morning hours. If you do these things you will have them to enjoy for years; even decades.
“Azalea” by Theresa Anne Moore
A dept at commanding the stage
Z ealous to be near a tree
A droitly recites like a sage
L ove’s virtues, most will agree
E scorting spring’s coming of age
A t the Father’s sovereign decree
This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).
Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.
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