Tropical Tradition

I look forward to this time of year because my azalea is usually promising to provide another spring in January. This year it started early and was in full glory around Christmas, and is now losing blossoms although there’s still quite a nice crop of buds that haven’t opened yet. It was -10°F when I awoke this morning, and this beautiful reminder if lovelier days greeted me.  I potted it up this past summer and it’s getting bigger.  After the blooms have all been spent, I’m going to try pruning it. I’ve never tried it before, but it really needs shaping.

Outside we’re having a typical Minnesota January with subzero temps, but we haven’t had typical snowfall.  Even plants hardy to this zone (4-5) benefit from that covering of snow to protect them from the bitter cold.

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