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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6479104

This was a good year for my azelias , so thought I'd share. digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6479131

more

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6479154

and more

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catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6479156

Those are gorgeous! Are they naturally occurring, or did you plant them? I found some in the woods last year, guess it's time to see if they're still there. Not nearly as spectacular as yours, just pink and white, but I was very happy to find them:)

Margo
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6479168

some are mixed

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6479186

All these are transplants from the woods .The pink aren't blooming good yet .

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6479221

Getting bored yet ? Opps, this one was already posted.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:05 PM

Post #6479254

This is fun .

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #6479274

I love living in the woods.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6479312

A couple of bought ones , some mixed with natives

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6479334

Wrong picture . Could anyone ID this above? Almost through.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6479348

One more

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
2:27 PM

Post #6479360

I sure hope you enjoyed these .digger

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cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6479765

Digger, I live in the woods too but I don't have a fabulous display of azaleas like that! A. the deer eat them, B. the 2 I have (bought) just don't bloom too much -- too much shade? We do have a few pink ones in the woods. But your place is wonderful. What is your secret?

RE: ID. The blue flowering plant is Amsonia / Blue Star. I think it's this one: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/150202/ or this one: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1010/

I just bought an A. t. called Blue Ice. I also have (bought) A. hubrichtii which has narrower leaves.
Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

April 29, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #6479819

It is Amsonia. This one is called Blue Star. We found ours growing in the woods and transplanted it years ago and have been enjoying it ever since.

Your native azaleas are beautiful. Ours have been stunning this year. This must be a good year for them.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #6479909

Cedar , it takes them a few years to strut their stuff . If you want the secret to transplanting ,I'll be glad to share . digger
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
5:00 PM

Post #6479930

I don't know where the blue plant came from . I know I didn't plant it . It's down at the shop and will transplant it to my yard area after it's blooms fade . Thanks, I thought it was just a pretty weed . digger

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6481279

Beautiful azaleas. Love the one in the 1st pic. I have woods, but no native azaleas.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 29, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6481739

Beclu 727 , you have plants that I never even heard of . Fabulous.I really enjoyed you hostessing the roundup last year , loved seeing all the neat things you have . digger

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2009
3:10 AM

Post #6482584

Hi Digger, we'll have to get together sometime soon. Do you need any tomato or pepper plants. I have a lot of extras.
Becky
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

April 30, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6484052

Becky , I'd love to have more room to have lots of veggies . I've been cleaning out raised beds of Japanese maples , to pots ,so I could plant spinach and greens . I don't have enough sun and plant my jalapeno in border to mimic flowers . I sure appreciate it tho .Johnny went wild and over bought things to plant , thus keeping me busy potting up to keep ahead of him .I'm trying to make a farmer out of him .IT'S WORKING ! digger
Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #6493126

Whoa! Digger, Now why couldnt all those beauties have been blooming while I was there?? That is some show girl! All I have in Wild azaleas ,is a little yellow one but it was full of blooms this year.
I have been at work today planting Liriope around a memorial garden bed. I m thinking about adding four Red knockout roses in the back against a wall. Then mulching the whole thing . want to keep it simple and pretty.
What do you all think about this new plastic or rubber mulch??
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6493188

It works fine . I've talked to an owner that put it in , and they say it's good .I'd like to see it in tan instead of black . Seems it would get too hot .
Yes ,you missed the blooms by two weeks . Last year when we got back in March , the peak was over . guess it depends on the weather , temp .
About that mulch , I think you have to put down underlayment. It doesn't soak up water ,and stay damp underneth but keeps the ground damp . If you try a little of it , let me know what you think. As hard as tires are to get rid of , they should give it to you . lol digger
Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2009
4:08 PM

Post #6493196

Thanks Digger! I saw it at Wally World in a reddish Cedar color. Looks like it would match the color of the bricks on the building behind the garden. I dont believe Ive ever seen the black color.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #6493400

That's the only one I saw . Saw it at a school playground too, and metal detected it . Was afraid it would have little pieces of metal in it but it didn't seem to . sis

weeding

weeding
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2009
10:42 PM

Post #6504269

I love the native azeleas. I wish more people would grow them. This is a Florida native azelea that I purchased at Callaway Gardens a few years back.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 5, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6505215

Hello , weeding , I wish I had dug some of the yellow ones . I didn't appreciate them at the time , and regret it now . Too old to pursue it now . Thanks for posting . I've tried to get to call. gardens for years and haven't made it yet . Digger
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 5, 2009
9:27 PM

Post #6508926

These aren't native , but beautiful , so I added them . can't remember the name of either of them ,but would remember if I heard it . The yellow ,gold one is a Klondike , I think. digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 5, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #6508971

The other one . All I remember, is, it has a mans name. digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 5, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6508985

Another view closer. digger

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frausnow
Winterville, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 5, 2009
11:56 PM

Post #6509693

Here are my Azaleas.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 6, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6509873

Oooooooooooo , I want those ! Gaawjus . I 've never had the blooms from mine like those . Just about the time they get full of buds and have grown a good bit , those d - - - worms go up through the stems and kill the whole branch . I need to put out my systemic now .
But don't we have beautiful azaleas in Georgia ? How about youall post us some more pictures . digger

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6510409

About 8 years ago, I planted a row of azaleas in the front yard. I had a list of what they were, but of course I've lost it. There were 7 kinds, 2 of each kind. Only one has died. Here's a pic of most of the row this year The 2 without blooms are finished blooming. They are always the first to bloom.

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beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6510418

I don't have any natives, but these put on a pretty good show. Here's the first to bloom. It is actually more red than the picture shows.

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beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6510428

One of the whites closeup.

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:19 AM

Post #6510435

A pink one.

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6510445

This one is sort of lavender.

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beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6510451

Coral colored one. Actually darker than shown in the picture.

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6510462

Last one, this pink just started blooming. It is the smallest in the row and its mate was the one that died.

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man1410
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #6536492

beautiful pictures!

what variety is the azalea in the first picture?
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 12, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #6536855

man, don't make me lie about variety. I dug that one up in the woods about seven years ago . It was a shoot off a root of an older one . It was about nine or ten inches tall when I cut it loose . I have another one that's different . I may lose it , it's died back because I had too much compost mixed in the planting medium , and the compost has decayed to the point of having air pocket underneath . I've been washing soil into the space for two years and it's coming out from the base . I'm keeping my fingers crossed . When it first blooms , they are a bright yellow , but when the bloom starts to fade it turns a blood red . I took some blooms preserved in ice ,of three stages to a guy that is supposed to know azaleas and he showed them to a grower and supplier but couldn't id them either . Said mutations occur naturally in the wild . That first one came out of White county and went back several years later to get more ,but the road had been widened and the mother plant was gone . The second one that comes out red, was washed off the bank of Chestatee river , but the property has sold to a development and is Birch River golf community now .digger

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2009
1:18 PM

Post #6538156

Digger, its so sad that developers and highway crews know nothing about plants. If they would notify the GNPS before they destroy an area, so much could be saved.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 12, 2009
1:47 PM

Post #6538292

Beclu , your so right . Our county agent has had a few rescue days here on property that was going to be a city lake . But private property, like the golf club and subdivisions get bulldozed . It would be so nice if permits were issued After rescues , or "on condition ". It wouldn't be a big deal to re-wright the city/county rules. sally
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 10, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9001612

Old thread but thought I'd report that I haven't had a display of color from these like that year. Some have gone to flower heaven . So glad I took these pictures so I would see just how beautiful they were .
RandyRick
Dahlonega, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9002406

good thinking. I have a nice native azalea on my property and bought another last year from Wayside Nursery at the spring wildflower festival which is still sitting in its pot. I'm probably going to get it planted this weekend. In fact was reading a little about propagating the deciduous azalea. From what I've read, seeds are easy to grow.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

February 21, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9015186

Here in Arizona if a development or road is going through they issue permits to remove native things like cactus.

What did we use to call the wild Azaleas? I know they were of the Azalea family, but aren't they all in the Rodendron(sp) family...I love them all...don't see them in AZ...no shade. Jo
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 22, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #9015889

Some call it a honeysuckle shrub . I have a real honeysuckle shrub and it is nothing like an azalea. Yes they are Rhododendrons
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

February 22, 2012
12:02 PM

Post #9016013

Yes! Honeysuckle...we had many in our woods as a child. Thanks, Jo

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