When the Sherwood Orchid azalea is blooming, I know spring has really arrived.
This was a Walmart purchase back in 1996. I bought three of these in gallon pots for $2.97 each, and for the most part they’ve done very well (one had some damage from a falling oak limb, but that’s hardly its fault).
This particular plant is my favorite of the three; it’s prominently placed in the backyard just left of the walkway, visible from every north-facing window in the house. It’s about six feet high and eight feet wide, and every spring it’s reliably covered in lavender-pink blooms.