Pink Blossoms

Today we celebrate the official first day of the Spring season, happy day! My body feels a little confused this first spring in Charleston as it seems like we've been welcoming spring in since February when the early tulip Magnolias started blossoming. It feels so early to me but I welcome it.
Our favorites so far have been the pink ones, in our neighborhood there are massive huge Azalea bushes, which Carys picks from to make endless bouquets.

A nice surprise was to find that we have some small Azalea bushes underneath my favorite palm tree. I didn't realize that they were Azaleas until the buds started forming, it will be fun to watch the bushes grow bigger each year.

Another nice surprise has been these pink fire bushes next to our front steps.
The kids and I did some spring planting in our small front containers with Pansies and Sage. They look so great against this wild bush, each blossom looking like a fire work.

See, its like a pink explosion,

Then there is my favorite, ever! I have always loved Red Bud trees, and always wanted one. So last summer when we did our garden renovation I had a small Red Bud tree planted...and then waited all winter to see these blossoms,

Our little tree did not disappoint, I think she's just lovely!

Since I really can't contain myself in my excitement for spring here are a couple of other blossoms, not pink, but so pretty,

This is one of the plants that actually never stopped blooming throughout our mild winter, I know that they are related to the hibiscus plant but I don't know much else about them beside that the kids think they look like fairy lights.
 Spring is here!


rachel awes said...

happy spring!
ALL these blooms
are juicy-bursty-
beautiful!! xox

Michele said...

Gorgeous! Spring has certainly sprung in your neighborhood. :-)
I mean no offense.... But did you know tha Azaleas are toxic?

Trish said...

What beautiful, beautiful blossoms.x

Kirsten said...

Lovely to see you enjoying the flowers...we too are in the midst of some amazing spring blossoms. Sprig came so early for us this year.

our front yard has some old azalea bushes that will bloom in summer - Nina said they are very pretty. Looking forward to seeing our home with a colorful garden. The Girls and I started planting flowers this week...but I am nervous as it might get cold again!

I might be wrong, but maybe the nick name for the flowers is japanese lanterns?

Kirsten said...

So I was close...they are chinese lanterns or the proper name...Abutilon.

Have fun in when you get back.

K xo

Lauren said...

Ah yes! The beautiful red flowers... They are a type of Arbutilon... a hybrd, that species is called Tigers Eye or Chinese Lantern (some people call them Japanese lantern). Even though they are not a 'Maple' They are also sometimes called a "Flowering Maple". You know we have a tree too. The PINK is so beautiful too. I know Carys is loving that. I have your package ready mama, just waiting for some dinero. ;)

Anonymous said...

wow faith, you must be in gardening heaven! That little fairy light flower is amazing. I'm sure they don't grow here, but I so wish they did. Our Azalea is about to burst into bloom also. We covered them with plastic and put christmas lights on them last night to protect them from a hard frost. Hopefully they will survive well. keep posting more photos. Still hoping to make a drive south someday.

Faith Evans-Sills said...

Oh my goodness Michele, I really had no idea that Azaleas are known to be toxic, I'm going to head to google for more info on that right away, thanks for the tip! Thanks as well for the name of those fairy lanterns Kirsten and Lauren, I love them so much and can see that you both do as well! xo

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