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Pretty in Pink

These dwarf azaleas look like mums from a distance.

These dwarf azaleas look like mums from a distance.

Three years ago when I visited Bayou Bend, the only stop along Houston’s annual Azalea Trail that interested me, there definitely was a trail.

But no azaleas.

What a bummer!

Pink on pink azaleas

Pink on pink azaleas

Fortunately, our weather has been kinder this winter. So when I once again broke through my 10-mile comfort radius and made the drive into Houston, I was relieved to see lots and lots and lots of azaleas.

Sidebar: I couldn’t help but laugh when a guy said to his wife and friends, “Yep, there are a lot of pink flowers. And just more of the same the rest of the way.”

Buds bring the promise of more beautiful flowers.

Buds bring the promise of more beautiful flowers.

He definitely was right in his assessment: Pink was the predominant color in the gardens.

The bees were busy, as usual.

The bees were busy, as usual.

Whether it bee azaleas . . . .

The little stingers were all over the place.

The little stingers were all over the place.

Or camellias . . . .

Love how the sunlight hit these just right.

Love how the sunlight makes these glow from inside.

Tulips . . . .

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is, but it sure is pretty.

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is, but it sure is pretty.

Or even the budding trees, that lighter shade of red made it seem kind of like Valentine’s Day (in a very feminine way).

The heart looks ghastly!

The heart looks creepy!

I think that Cupid was tickled pink!

Camellias—Not Azaleas—Are the Bees’ Knees

Something seems to be missing on this azalea shrub!

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.

A few azalea shrubs are early bloomers.

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.

Ornamental magnolias were plentiful.

The gardens, instead, were filled with plenty of ornamental magnolias.

Pink camellia

As well as tons of camellias.

A deep pink camellia

The camellia is the state flower of Alabama.

Pretty in pink camellia . . . with more waiting to bloom

The Texas state flower is the bluebonnet.

Camellias even can be two-toned!

But there are no bluebonnets at Bayou Bend (not that they’re in season yet, of course).

Yet another in a long line of pretty camellias

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.

Star magnolias

Plus a few star magnolias.

Hydrangeas

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 in (what else?) a camellia flower

“Two bees or not two bees, that is the question!”

Camellias are the bees’ knees!

Bee-yutiful!!