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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tour of WRAL-TV Azalea Gardens

Raleigh residents know Spring is here when WRAL Azalea Gardens are in full bloom
displaying their brilliant colors. We dropped by on Saturday April 10th. I hope you
enjoy a few of the pictures.

Every garden needs gazing balls.

Below is an up close of a snowball bush. I've seen them all my life. My
hubby and I thought it must have a more scientific name.. the sign below it read
"Snowball Bush".
Thanks for letting us show you this beautiful garden.
Mom works about 2 blocks form the TV studio...sometimes in the spring and summer she'll take her lunch to the gardens to eat amongst all this beauty. In the hot, humid days of summer it is about 10 degrees cooler in the lush tree covered gardens.


  1. Gorgeous photos of the garden, so colorful, as if it's full of joy; how nice your Mom has lunch there sometimes!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  2. Very Very pretty.
    We love the colorful flowers, really neat.


  3. Wow, what a beautiful place. The azaleas are gorgeous and I can't believe the snowball bush is blooming already. Spring has really sprung in your area.

    The gardens would definitely be my favorite place for lunch.

  4. Mom's getting the homesickness again with these pictures. She said every year when she was a girl in Oakluhhomeah, her grandmommy and granddaddy would take her and her sister to something called the "azalea festival" in a place called Muskogee. She says that azaleas always make her smile but we don't have any here cuz it's too dry.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  5. OH! How beautiful! What a wonderful place to have lunch!!!

  6. What a beautiful garden!!
    Thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures!!
    We imagined how nice it would be if we took a walk there!!
    Have a beautiful day Madi and Mom!!

  7. Oh for beautiful! That would be a great place to have lunch!

  8. I luv the native azaleas the most. They are my favorites next to the Japanese azaleas.

  9. Our mama loves fact, she made the background and header that is currently on our blog from pics she took in Ireland when the Azaleas were blooming. Unfortunately the only way we can grow them here is as pot plants.

    Thank you for all your purrs and prayers during our Ma's illness....she is home now and doing well.....your support really helped us through a difficult time, Madi and Mom. xxxxxxxxxxxx

  10. Us again....we forgot to answer about the puzzle pieces post......mamabug did that with her software program, PaintShopPro. xxxxxxx

  11. You know how i feel about azaleas! Thanks for this!

  12. Wow!!
    So many flowers
    I believe you Mom
    I would also there go for a walk !!!
    Wonderful photo's

    Hugs for Madi
    Kareltje =^.^=

  13. What beautiful gardens! Mom LOVES the snowball trees and she really wants to get one of those gazing balls. That's so cool your mom can go there for lunch when she wants.

  14. How Pretty. Mommy says one thing she misses about Illinois was the Spring display. Winter, not so much!

    xx Lounge Kats

  15. Wow, those are fantastic pictures. They remind me of all my hard work in my yard back east!!!

  16. Azaleas are our mom's favorite flowers, and she generally doesn't like most of them. She's tried planting them many times, unsuccessfully, and I think your post got her thinking again...

  17. Madi,

    You always take the best pictures in all of N.C.!
    Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

    See ya Friday, you pretty little kitty you!

    Riley and Star.

  18. The gardens are beautiful. Our Azaleas are very late this year. The buds are only just forming.

  19. I've been seeing your name in the comments on some of the blogs I've been visiting and thought I'd stop by. I love kitties and wish I still had mine. Sadly, he passed away a year and a half ago.

    Those gardens are beautiful! I wish mine looked like that! But they probably take better care of theirs than I do.

  20. HI Madi!

    Those pictures were great. The azaleas are so beautiful, we just wish that they lasted longer than they do...or at least rebloomed.


  21. Just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    The snowball bush looks like a hydrangea.

  22. Mom says "simply gorgeous!!" You guys are so lucky everything is in bloom now...we're still waiting for everything to bloom. Some trees are in bloom, and the tulips and daffodils are finally in bloom but we're still waiting for everything else! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures!

  23. Madi, what a beautiful place and your lucky to have lunch there. I would go there all the time if I lived close by!
    Have fun!

  24. What colorful photos! I am just loving all the spring going on all over the country!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  25. Thanks to you for showing us all those beautiful pictures! All those flowers are pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs


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