The second week of May, we ventured back up to the mountains for Spring. As we drove up to our house in Highlands, NC, an array of blooms welcomed us. Rhododendrons are making their debut for the season. They surrounded the walls and wrapped the edge of the driveway. Last fall, we purchased about 25 bushes hoping they would make it through the winter. Someday they will make a beautiful wall for privacy and beautiful blooms. Upon our arrival at the house, we planted some geraniums and border flowers with names I cannot recall. Highlands shows off its colors throughout the year. Even the gray winter days prepares the soul for the budding of life in the spring. My goal is to find those special 'flaming azaleas' that are unique to the area.
The mist and rains are part of what makes Highlands, North Carolina, the beautiful rain forest it is. The Mountain Fire bush has shed its' white flowers and issued the flaming leaves that follow.