Last weekend was the annual Azalea Trail in Houston’s trendy, pricey River Oaks area. I was so excited to photograph the stop at Bayou Bend’s gardens, because I love azaleas. But I wondered if there would be much beauty to look at due to our January freezes.
Sadly, there were a lot of bare azalea shrubs that needed at least another week to blossom. But some azaleas were nice enough to make an appearance. Not a lot, but some. And they were pretty.
Fortunately, Bayou Bend isn’t just about azaleas.
The gardens, instead, were filled with plenty of ornamental magnolias.
As well as tons of camellias.
The camellia is the state flower of Alabama.
The Texas state flower is the bluebonnet.
But there are no bluebonnets at Bayou Bend (not that they’re in season yet, of course).
Just lots and lots and lots and lots of camellias.
Sidebar: Can you smellia camellias? I never got close enough to find out! Why? You’ll see in the last two photos.
Plus a few star magnolias.
And some hydrangeas.
Even without their renown azaleas, the Bayou Bend gardens were alive with color. In fact, they reminded me of the beauty of a Shakespearean quote:
“Two bees or not two bees, that is the question!”