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    Azaleas Blooming, US National Arboretum

    Starting around late April all the way through around the end of May, the plants in the US National Arboretum's Azalea Collection bloom. There are several thousand azalea bushes in the Arboretum's collection and they bloom in succession - early season blooming varieties as the temperatures are still relatively cool progressing all the way to the warmer weather, late blooming varieties. I love to come for a late morning stroll, on a weekday, when there are no crowds. The flowers are simply gorgeous and everything is well labeled in case a particular variety captures your attention. There's a path that winds up and down wooded hills and plenty of benches to sit on to take a rest.

    I was there just yesterday and in addition to the azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, bluebells and may apples were also blooming. It was such a lovely walk through the collection.

    Since azalea bloom times are weather dependent, the Arboretum keeps track of bloom progress and reports it on the website - it's a good thing to check the website before you venture out (http://usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/azaleablossom.html)
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