Azalea & Spring Flower Trail in Tyler, Texas

~ Trenda

One of our highlights each spring is going to the Azalea & Spring Flower Trails in Tyler, Texas.  The brick paved roads on the trail meander through neighborhoods lined with charming and prestigious historic homes and gardens that visitors are “invited” to walk through and are filled with blooming azaleas, Dogwood Trees, tulips, and “all things Spring.”  Completing the feeling of “gentler days” and nostalgia, Azalea Belles (young ladies chosen from Tyler’s high schools and home schools) meander around the gardens and greet visitors wearing beautiful antebellum gowns reminiscent of those worn by the Southern Belle’s in the years prior and during the Civil War.

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Each spring over 100,000 people come from all over the USA to visit Tyler and the Azalea Trails.  Today you can open this “garden gate” and vicariously enjoy a “scroll” through these enchanting gardens. (:  All of the pictures I am sharing in my blog today are pictures of people’s homes and their backyards (not parks!) that they so kindly let us “tour” and walk through on the Azalea Trails.  The owners of this next home (pictured below) chatted with us and told us that every afternoon they come and sit under this gorgeous wisteria-covered pergola and enjoy a glass of ice cold Dr. Pepper! (:pergola 2.pngLeatherleaf Mahonia nestled next to Coral Bells ‘Azaleas’ …berry bush.pngCharming “greenhouse” among the azaleas … greenhouse.pngBeautiful blooming White Dogwood Trees shading George L. Taber Azaleas. dogwood.pngStone columns mark the entry to a quaint stone bridge … just the sort-of-bridge that a Troll might live under and 3 Billy Goats would like to trot over! (: bridge moss.pngA bronze statue of a little girl in overalls with a picking basket stands among the Azaleas and Aucuba …girl statue 2.pngA large jardiniere filled with ivy and a cobble-stoned walkway along lichen covered walls.umbrellas background.pngAl Fresco Dining at it’s best!  “Table for 2?”  Yes, please!” (:table for 2.pngSide courtyardside courtyard.pngThe perfect spot to read (: … tucked behind a diminutive wrought iron fence, this reader  is in “good company” with Angel Wing Begonia, azaleas, and a hedge of boxwood.reading statue.pngA charming basket filled with frolicking bunnies … I would love to hang a basket like this from one of our trees!bunnies 3.pngRed tulips are particularly striking against a backdrop of wine-colored Loropetalum.tulips 2A double hedge of azaleas …2 double row azaleas.pngPine trees tower over brilliant azaleas …pines.pngA little cherub greets visitors as they come into the garden.cherub.pngI hope you enjoyed your stroll along the Azalea Trails today!  The last picture I’ve added is a picture of our own Coral Bells ‘Azaleas’ blooming in our front yard at Cottage Green on the Lake!  Hope your day is filled with blossom and bird song! (:front yard.png

From my cottage to yours  ~  Trenda

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Thank you for spending some time with me today!  I love reading your comments and hearing from you! (:

 

 

Spring Comes Early to Cedar Creek Lake

~ Trenda

“Adorably lovely Robins” petaled tulip cups, white blossomed splays of Bridal Wreath, deep violet blooms flocking Redbud trees, lovely Hyacinths, Lady Banks Roses spilling over onto our lawn, and delicate white bells of Lily of the Valley.  The list I started in my last blog of spring harbingers continues to lengthen as Spring here on Cedar Creek Lake appears to be in full bloom!  Would you like to take a tour around our neighborhood and see all the spring beauty? Hop on our golf cart and let’s go!  No need for jackets, it’s 80 degrees here, on this last day of February.  (:

“Deep violet blooms flocking Redbud trees” … this beautiful tree is our own and drapes over our side gate.

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This gorgeous white rosebush, the Lady Banks Rose is seen less often then the variety with yellow roses.  My white Lady Banks is a cherished birthday present that Richard gave me a number of years ago and is … “spilling over onto our lawn.”

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And one last sighting before we pull out of our driveway … this striking Chinese Fringe Plant or Loropetalum.  We have quite a few of these beautiful evergreen bushes in our front and backyard and love the color of their foliage, their fragrance and the color of their fringe-y flowers.  Interesting Note:  Some of these bushes in their natural habitats … China, Japan, and the Himalayas are over 100 years old and over 35 feet tall!

chinese-fringeAll right, we’re off!  First stop … The Secret Garden.  The first time our daughter saw this forgotten garden she was only 9 years old.  In excitement she breathlessly told me, “Mommy, I found the Secret Garden!” (:  We’ve called it “The Secret Garden” ever since.    These yellow roses rambling over a beautiful wrought iron fence are the more common variety of the Lady Banks Rose … and still reflect the hands that once planted and cared for them.

img_0770  Gorgeous grape-like clusters of Wisteria dangle from the tangled vines within “The Secret Garden.”
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No time to dally, the sun is already beginning it’s descent!  Look at this darling little stream surrounded by “Easter grass” and a sprinkling of white wildflowers.  It’s just the right size for a Daddy and Mama Mallard Duck we’ve seen paddling about in their own private wading pool!  Spring cuteness!  (:

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I felt like I had been given a gift when I “captured” this shaft of sunlight peeking through the tangle of this thick wild Carolina Jasmine.

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Look what I saw as our golf cart whizzed by!  Lily of the Valley, also known as Muguet du Bois … one of my favorite little flowers with their dainty cups that look like they came straight from fairyland!  I also love this enchanting flower because of the scripture in Song of Solomon 2:1 that says … “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”  Another interesting fact:  It is tradition in France on May 1st, May Day, to offer a sprig of Lily-of-the-Valley to loved ones.  This tradition was supposed to have begun on May 1st, 1561 when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of Lily-of-the-Valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year.  King Charles “took a shine” to this idea and began the custom of presenting Lily-of-the-Valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st. (:

duolily-of-the-valleyAzalea Majestic’s bright magenta buds, blossoms and green foliage contrast beautifully with the texture of the rough landscaping bark.

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Last sighting of our spring harbinger’s for the day … wild Carolina Jasmine overgrowing a fence looks beautiful in the golden sunset and under the still bare limbs of February trees.

sundownIt’s time to head home.  Hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather where you are, even if it is only February!  If you are still in the “throes of winter” … I hope these pictures will remind you that Spring is “right around the corner” and soon you will be seeing “adorably lovely Robins” showing off in your own backyard! (:

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From my cottage to yours  ~  Trenda

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