But the really excellent part of gardening down here, is that we can have something blooming every month of the year. Right now calendulas, some roses, camillas, panseys, violas, fragrant stocks, dianthas, petunias, snapdragons, and cyclamens, all brighten our often cloudy days.
|One of several colors of stocks being tested|
|Violas with dog faces|
|This looked pretty fresh but had already fallen|
Across the street, is the main part of the research station. It is a vast field with islands of beds. I ran out of time before I explored it all. Must of the plants are in a dormant state but the azaleas were starting to bloom and some beds held bedding plants that were being tested. I heard they have a demonstration native plant garden but didn't have time to locate it. I just walked through the several acres of azalea beds. The azaleas were mostly growing their buds. They will be at peak bloom in February -March. But a few varieties were blooming.
The research plants are planted in a landscape situation and there are benches and this gazebo near a large, kidney-shaped pond.
|Closeup of some of the blooming double azeleas|
|I like the singles best|
|Another variety of azalea|
|A single fruit tree bloom, probably due to temperatures in the 70-80s|
|A southern magnolia, growing in full sun - almost champion size|
|A view across some of the beds to the pine trees along the road|