Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Azaleas! Wisteria! A Spring Tour

I'm nursing a hurt back again. Dang, getting older sure sucks. It used to be I could dig in the garden all day and just be a little sore - not this whole back hurting thing. Oh well. I did stop before it was awful but then I went and worked on the studio door, bending over it. I think that's what did it. Sigh.

In spite of that, we had a wonderful weekend. The weather was just gorgeous! My mother-in-law and I headed up to the farm on Thursday. I was able to take care of securing hotel rooms for the wedding and we bought groceries for the weekend. We drove back through some neighborhoods and saw some pretty azaleas blooming in front of this old house:

Love the wisteria "tree" out front:

Then on Friday, Bonnie and I headed to Tyler to go see the azaleas. The Azalea Trail doesn't officially open until this weekend but since everything started blooming early, we knew we'd better get up there to see them before they faded. We walked around a historic neighborhood:
Bonnie capturing the beauty of the azaleas

And we weren't disappointed! Oh my! How beautiful the bushes were.

We even found a home that had a sign saying we could come on in and walk around.
Let me tell you, their yard was magazine worthy!

 Everything was landscaped so beautifully - this was in the front along the driveway:

Even the driveway retaining wall looked beautiful with ferns growing in it:

Back of the house from the pergola at the top of the yard:

All the houses along this creek had pretty stone bridges going across so they could reach the rest of their yards. If you look toward the back along the creek, you can see one.

There were niches with fountains

and statues, pergolas, patios, and loads of plants.

The pergola at the back of the yard, across the creek:

Another view along driveway looking into front yard:

Not only were the azaleas blooming, but the dogwoods and wisteria were also in full bloom:
pink dogwood
 Not a great picture with the power lines but I had to show how the wisteria is all up in the trees:

Then we got back in the car and drove around the rest of the azalea trail. This huge clump of white azaleas caught our attention.

I'm glad we went when we did. The flowers were already starting to fade. Fortunately, there were still plenty to see.

We really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful yards full of flowers. Spring sure delights with all its blooming splendor!