Thursday, March 23, 2017


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Last week on Inspiration Thursday, we posted a pretty color palette of purple and yellow.  Several of you identified them as azaleas which of course we should have noticed (they have azaleas all over Houston this time of year).  So we were "Googling" pictures of azaleas and found this.  

This is such an amazing blaze of color, in the woods no less.  Azaleas like a bit of shade, from what we've read, morning dappled sun and afternoon shade is good.  We have JUST the spot for something like this (I'm in the process of getting it cleared now).  Would be so pretty to see when they are in bloom.  We love the random nature of their placement here.  Anyone grown azaleas?  

Be inspired!


Colleen said...

Little bit of heaven right here on earth.
That is Gorgeous and having a bench sitting around here and there would be awesome or even a fountain but then that would require electricity but yet would be lovely having the sound of water in such a beautiful setting.

Ok, I'm awake now and can quit dreaming

MargaretP said...

Just Glorious, and a place to sit and appreciate the colours is a good could just get a solar fountain if you wanted the sound of sprinkling water to add to the bliss .

FionaG said...

We have quite a few miniatures. The bush doesn't grow very big and the flowers on some of them are tiny. They are very easy accommodating plants. All mine get filtered light, some more than others. I think a glorious splash of colour sprinkled through the bush and around Barnabas would be amazing.

Elephant's Child said...

I have a brown thumb where azaleas are concerned, but love seeing other people's success.
And yes, they don't like full sun (or most varieties don't). Deciduous azalea trees would look lovely in that wood too.

Colleen said...

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to severe, depending on the amount ingested
Common signs to watch for:
Abdominal pain
Abnormal heart rate and rhythms
The Azalea is actually a species of Rhododendron. Over 1000 species of rhododendrons/azaleas exist. The small, deciduous species are referred to as the Azalea and the large, woody shrubs as Rhododendrons. The Rhododendron is more toxic but this can vary drastically due to the hybridization of these two common plants. These plants contain grayanotoxins which disrupt sodium channels affecting the skeletal and cardiac muscle. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous, and as little as ingestion of 0.2% of an animal’s body weight can result in poisoning. When ingested, clinical signs include gastrointestinal signs (e.g., drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, inappetance), cardiovascular (e.g., abnormal heart rate, heart arrhythmias, weakness, hypotension), and central nervous system signs (e.g., depression, tremors, transient blindness, seizures, coma, etc.). The overall prognosis is fair with treatment.

Tewshooz said...

So, just don't eat them. Cats and dogs usually don't eat plants except grass. Their beauty is spectacular; thank you for the post. We can't grow them in our climate now.

Texas Rose said...

This is just beautiful! They would be so pretty under some of your trees.

Anonymous said...

My yard looked similar to this.It was that way when we moved here.It was lovely,but alas one by one the bushes succumbed. There is only one very large and beautiful rhododendron left. I have had many dogs and cats over the years and none ever ate them. -Miss Georgia.

Practical Parsimony said...

I love azalea and have several. In 1980, I planted twenty around the front bay of my house. Then, in 1990, I received three in a large pot for a Mother's Day gift in a secret sister exchange at church. I never force-fed my dog or cat. None of the other cats in my yard pay any attention to the azaleas! The hens never seemed interested.

The only time we need to worry about the toxicity of a plant is if animals like to eat it for whatever reason. You're safe to plant these.

The pink in the front looks like Coral Bell, my favorite.

1st Man said...

Well you know how to bring us up and then back down, ha. No, just teasing. Yep, I know they are toxic. 2nd Family has had a few around their house for years and have't had a problem but it's definitely something to think about. They sure are pretty!

Every Spring here in Houston is an event called the "Azalea Trail" and it's large (very large) homes in River Oaks neighborhood who have STUNNING displays of color like this. Literally thousands of azaleas. It's SO pretty to see.

1st Man said...

Solar fountain is a great idea. Thanks!! Wouldn't it be pretty to just sit there in the shade with a cold drink and just soak it all in??

1st Man said...

Thanks, I didn't know they had miniatures. Will have to look on that. Filtered light is definitely what we would have around the spot I'm clearing (not Barnabas, though he would be a good choice too). Thanks!!!!

1st Man said...

I have a brown thumb with some things too. We'll see on this ha. Will look up deciduous trees too. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

They are spectacular for sure. And they DO grow in our climate. We have to use what does grow, ha.

1st Man said...

Thank you, we'll see how it call comes out. I'm working on clearing our little wooded area, a bit each weekend (making progress). I'll keep you posted.

1st Man said...

Oh, dang, that's too bad, sorry about that. Rhododendrons would be great in the spot we're working too. I forgot about those. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Thanks, glad to know. And I bet yours are so pretty and they've been there a long time! You are doing something right!

Practical Parsimony said...

1st man,
They do occasionally die, but it took 20 years before I lost one. If the Doberman had not lifted his leg against one small plant, it would have survived. I did replace it after he went away.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I should have said this in my first post. My bushes were very old. Mature when I moved here and I've been here over twenty years. I don't want to make it seem as if they are not hardy.-Miss Georgia

1st Man said...

Aww, thanks for that update. Glad to know they are hardy. That's what we are hoping.