We moved into our house in early May, 2007. We knew the son of the previous owner, he was actually one of our former land lords when we lived in Knoxville.
Our house was built in 1943, and his parents bought the house in the late 40s. His mother continued to live there (if I remember correctly) after her husband passed away until early 2006, when she moved into a nursing home. We were told by her son that she loved flowers, but mid April of 2007 there was a late frost that killed the majority of the spring flowers. So, we didn't really get to see what she had planted the year we moved in.
The spring of 2008 was a colorful surprise. We knew there were a number of azalea bushes in the yard, but we didn't understand just how awesome they would look in full bloom.
We have one bush that is probably close to 14' x 14.' It causes a lot of people to gape, you just don't usually see azaleas that big. I wish I knew how old it was.
Regardless, when the azaleas are blooming in our yard, it makes me feel like a professional!
In the middle of the day the bushes are humming with bumblebees.
I'm sad to say that most of the blooms have gone past since I took these pictures. We had a bad storm last week with some hail that took off most of the blooms. Boo.
But it sure was petty while it lasted.