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Dogwoods and Azaleas

Updated on December 6, 2015

Our Azaleas and Dogwoods in Upstate South Carolina

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The Dogwoods and Azaleas in Bloom in Pendleton SC

I do enjoy the beautiful Springtime!It is so beautiful in Pendleton SC when all the Dogwood Trees and Azaleas are in bloom. We live toward the bottom of a hill and as you drive down the hill and get closer to our home, the site of all the spring bloomers come into view and it takes my breath away every time. I can't take credit for any of it.My husband's mother rooted most of the Azaleas back in the late 60's when he build this house. She had several rooting beds in the yard and she worked and worked until she had rooted enough to cover the whole yard. They continue to bring us much joy.

Several years ago I asked the local photographer, Greg Ammons of Ammons Portrait Studio, to come over and take pictures. His were much better than mine, of course. We picked out three that we really liked and had them enlarged and printed on canvas. They cover one whole wall of our dining room so we get to enjoy Spring all year round. Greg passed away this year and I will always think of him when looking at the beautiful photographs of our Dogwoods and Azaleas.


Photo Credit: I took these photos with my Canon Power Shot A560. I have a lot to learn about photography but for right now I just enjoy being able to capture some moments. Our neighbor also allowed me to share some of his great photography below.

Welcome to Our Yard!

A Neighbor Friend Took Some Excellent Photos of Our Yard - I love this photo of our yard

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dogwoods and azaleas

Neighbor Sharing Photographs

Thank you to our neighbor, Frank Breazeale, for sharing this photo and allowing me to post it here. He has taken numerous photographs of the blooms in our neighborhood and when I see him walking with his camera, I know that he has spotted another beauty to capture.

Dogwoods and Azaleas In Our Side Yard - Dogwoods Compliment Azaleas and Vice Versa

The Cherry Red Azalea is my favorite and these are old Azaleas. I have rooted the red one several times so have them around the house. None of them are as large as these. I am not sure how old these are but they are over 40 years old, for sure.

Root Your Own Azaleas - It is fun to root Azaleas

As I stated above, my husband's mother rooted most of all our Azaleas many years ago and since then I have rooted some, too. It really gives me such a fun sense of accomplishment to see those roots forming. One method I used was to put them in a rooting solution and then inside a zip lock baggie.

Root your own Azaleas

Miracle-Gro FastRoot Dry Powder Rooting Hormone Jar, 1-1/4-Ounce
Miracle-Gro FastRoot Dry Powder Rooting Hormone Jar, 1-1/4-Ounce

There is just something very satisfying about rooting your own plants and watching them grow through the years.

 

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Dogwood Blossom
Dogwood Blossom

The Dogwood Blossom

The Legend of the Dogwood

I know you have probably heard the story of the Dogwood Blossom and what it symbolizes but I am going to repeat it here. Actually, the blossom is that part in the middle and the outside white or pink part is called "Bract". Back during the time that Jesus was on earth, the Dogwood was a huge tree about the size of a large Oak. It had sturdy, strong wood and that is the reason that it was chosen to make the cross that Jesus was crucified on. This upset the Dogwood Tree because it did not want to be used for such cruelty. Jesus told the Dogwood that it would never again be used to cause suffering so he made the Dogwood to be much smaller, bent and twisted. He made the Dogwood Blossoms to be in the form of a cross with two long and two short petals. Each would have brown nail prints stained with red and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns. The Dogwood was to be a reminder to us about the crucifixion.I am not sure who originally wrote this story but I like it and think about it when I look closely at the Dogwood Blossom or Bract.

Every year the Spring Flowers amaze me! - I do enjoy Springtime especially in Pendleton South Carolina

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azaleas and dogwoods

You Can Purchase Some Dogwood Merchandise From Amazon - Just double click the link below

If you don't see what you want, you can search for the item once you are in Amazon. Thank you.

Legend of the Dogwood

The Legend of the Dogwood
The Legend of the Dogwood

I think the Legend of the Dogwood is such a beautiful story

 

We Have Many Colors Of Azaleas

The Bright Red Azalea is my favorite.

My favorite color Azalea is the bright red. I have rooted some from these larger bushes and need to transplant them this year because they have grown quite a bit. This is an unusual color. It is very close to the common red ones you see but different. We also have several different shades of pink Azaleas.

Video of Our Dogwoods and Azaleas - I took a ride on the golf cart with my hubby around the yard

I really enjoy the springtime and all the beautiful blossoms.

Azalea Book on Amazon

There are so many colors and varieties of Azaleas. I would like to have one of each of them..

Azaleas
Azaleas

If you want to know more about Azaleas and their care, this looks like it would be just the book for you

 

Another photo by neighbor, Frank Breazeale

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dogwoods and azaleas

Photo taken in April 2013 by OhMe

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dogwoods and azaleas

Dogwoods and Azaleas Compliment Each Other - This is the bright red azalea that I love so much

More Dogwoods and Azaleas on the other side of our home - These are more like 20 years old and are really making a show this year

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dogwoods and azaleas

Our Town Is So Lovely In The Spring - Dogwoods in bloom for our Spring Jubilee

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spring jubilee

The first weekend in April is the Spring Jubilee Arts and Crafts Festival in our town and it seems the Dogwoods always know to bloom just in time for it. Just click the picture to learn more about Spring Jubilee in Pendleton, SC.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The dogwood is my favorite. We planted a dogwood tree in our yard in Columbia, MO one year to replace an old rambling bush that was half-dead and looked horrible. The dogwood was so beautiful in its place. Your yard is lovely with all the dogwood and azaleas and looks wonderful on this Squidoo theme. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely homage to spring with this lens about azaleas and dogwoods. It has been thoroughly enjoyable!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I only have to walk around our property, so I am saving on gas, I guess. haha The color and bloom in your springtime yard is fabulous. I like the azaleas the most and in the 80's I really tried to grow them in the Inland Empire of SoCal but it is just too dry. You have to build a tiny climate and give to so much expensive water and I will have to enjoy your pictures instead.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @cmadden: Thank you. I really have a bad case of spring fever and am so looking forward to everything being in full bloom

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @cmadden: Thank you. I really have a bad case of spring fever and am so looking forward to everything being in full bloom

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Your lovely photos remind me that Spring is not so far off! Most enjoyable.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I love it! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos of Dogwoods and Azaleas blooming In your yard. Absolutely breath-taking! ~~Blessed by a Squid-Angel~~

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens; springtime flowers are my favourite. *blessed*

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      happydesertgirl 5 years ago

      Your photos of dogwoods and azaleas are beautiful. Great lens.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Wow thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I miss Springtime in Georgia when these were in bloom everywhere. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Simply beautiful! Springtime when the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom is my favorite time of the year. Very nicely done!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! What a garden. I love the Spring and this totally put me in a Springtime mood :).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very beautiful lens. I live in Vlirgilnia and right now my azaleas are blooming in front and back and dogwoods are blooming up and down the street. I love this time of year!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      You have a wonderful garden, and Spring is a wonderful time of year. I love it when all the trees and shrubs are out in bloom, they are here in England right now. Everywhere is so colorful. Thanks so much for sharing your yard with us, blessings coming your way.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Beautiful Azalea photography page! Smells like spring is coming!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Azaleas are stunning , the flowers are colourful and the layout is great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A most colourful lens. Beautiful!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      And they are blooming now! What Glory!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Beautiful. That is one thing about living in the South, we do get to experience the beauty of all of the flowers earlier than most states. Beautiful flowers, beautiful pictures!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Dogwoods are so beautiful. Sadly, they don't grow in Vermont, so I thank you so much for showing them to me.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I come back to this lens with great pleasure, as I like the azaleas and your presentation.Great work Nancy

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Beautiful flowers!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      This is so wonderful to see all those great flowers.Thanks for this joy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the blooming of the dogwoods, it is beautiful time of the year. Lovely lens.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      What beautiful photos, and I love your Zazzle products! We have a couple small azaleas in our yard (they don't grow quite as well up here as further south), and flowering dogwoods nearby, and they're always a welcome part of spring.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Oh, your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!! Azaleas and Dogwoods are what I think of most when I picture Spring in the southern US!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love spring too! Blessing this lens! Beautiful flowers. I am lensrolling this to my spring at zazzle lens!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      Love this lens the flowers are beautiful photos wonderful lens roll to my lilacs 5* beautiful!!!!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Love the colors of your gorgeous garden. I plan to plant more azaleas and rhododendrons as you have inspired me. 5*****

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      Delia 7 years ago

      ohh my wings be still! I could barely contain myself flying over this lens...the beauty and lovely writing on this 5* lens has allowed me to sprinkle the dust for a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      jolou 7 years ago

      The pictures are great. We have a lot of dogwoods and azaleas in Victoria BC as well and they really are beautiful. Spring is a wonderful season.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Your garden looks spectacular and your photography is excellent. What a beautiful lens.

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      Ilovemusicgirl 7 years ago

      We get a lot of flowers blooming in Oregon too. love spring but April is the best for flowers.

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      calendarsblog 7 years ago

      Now this is a cheerful lens :) Reminds me of spring & glad it's coming :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love Spring Blooms. Your photos are beautiful and I love the coffee mug. It will be our first spring in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and I am so excited to see our new spring blooms.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Oh me, oh my. Your pictures are gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing the dogwoods and azaleas blooming here soon.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      I am so ready for spring and the beauty of the flowers!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I'm realizing I don't always know what's a rhododendron and what's an azalea. The trees with the very large fluffy tissue paper flowers tend to be rhododendrons, but I'm not sure with some of the shrubs that appear earlier in the spring. Lensrolled to "Step Into Seattle: Spring".

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Oh, my goodness this lens is wonderful! I wanted to sniff the flowers in the photos! (smiles) BEAUTIFUL. I just added the dogwood flower on my Photography by:WhiteOak lens. I mentioned this picture on your other lens, and decided to post the picture under the flower section of the lens. This is truly a beautiful lens!!

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I adore flowering Azaleas especially. Well done!

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      Kathy Eickenberg 7 years ago

      Very, very pretty lens:) I have a dogwood tree, azaleas and a rhododendrum bush and just love to look at them. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Oh me! Oh so Beautiful! Lensrolled to my Rose of Sharon lens.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great lens and Zazzle products

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic. I love your photos and your yard. must be a great place to live. And thanks for the story of the dogwood. I hadn't heard it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Gorgeous colurs and pics Nancy!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Wow...what beautiful photos! I love dogwood and azaleas! Thanks for visiting my Appomattox lens! (Congrats on your 50th, too!) I've lensrolled you with my Mountain Laurel lens.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      Dogwoods are my favorite tree. This is a beautiful lens. :)

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Gorgeous photographs ~ I never knew there was a yellow Dogwood variety! Very nicely done :o)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Hi,My name is Elizabeth Jean Allen and I am the new group leader for the Nature and the Outdoors Group. Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to paperfacets] Wow, Sherry. That is quite a compliment! Thank you

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      You are so lucky to have this color every spring. Dogwoods are lovely blooms. I thought of Kincaid paintings when I saw these pictures.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I asked for a critique of this lens on the forum and really got some excellent advice that I tried to follow. I learned so much and always do in the forum. Thank you to everyone who helped especially ThomasC. It is amazing how much time people are willing to spend helping another lensmaster. I truly appreciate it.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love your new products from Zazzle . They look great! How did you do the single item modules??

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Lovely lens - five stars! I've lensrolled it on my "Florist's Tips" lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful bloom of flowers and you Zazzle products too. Nice lens 5*

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      What a lovely lens!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      wow.......some of the best pictures ive seen on a lens to date :) good job and 5 stars

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Absolutely stunning

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Soooo pretty, your photos are wonderful, I can almost smell them.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Jeanie] That's the idea, Jeanie. You need to come back to the good ole South Carolina Upstate where you have the best of all worlds.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh, you really hurt me with this one...I haven't seen spring in S.C. in 15 years and how I love the azaleas and dogwood trees!! Been even longer since I have seen the mountains. I know, folks would say, "but you live in Florida with beaches and palm trees." Give me a hillside covered with Oaks and wildflowers any day of the week!! You're gonna get me back to S.C. yet, girl!!!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Your photo gallery looks great! Beautiful pictures!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I grew up in NC, and dogwood trees were all over our yard and the woods out back. I love them dearly!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      beautiful. we love our azaleas and dogwood

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Lovely lens. I love azaleas. We have some in our garden in full bloom at the moment. Such vivid colours, I've published a couple of the photos on one of my lenses. Thanks for sharing those photos your garden makes me quite envious!Mike.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to mbgphoto] Thank you for dropping by. Like I said, I sure can't take any credit for the yard. I am so glad that husband enjoys the yard and makes sure it looks good.

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      Terrific work! We have been enjoying the dogwoods and azaleas as well. My mother has a white dogwood that someone grafted a pink dogwood branch ti about 20 years ago, so there is a beautiful streak of pink blossoms along with all the white ones.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What a beautiful yard!5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to jaye3000] Some of ours got nipped from that cold spell we had recently. Do you think that could have happened to yours. Our dogwoods especially are brownish because of that.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens...dogwoods are really pretty. I planted azaleas last year and love them, but so far this year, they're not looking very good...really brown. Do you have any tips on what can be done, or is this normal? 5 stars and sure to favorite thanks!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens Ohme. I love 'em too and will share some pics with you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I especially love Azaleas, but dogwoods are gorgeous, too. Nice lens, Nancy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to GrowWear] Oh me! I loved and Bonanza. I would have passed out for sure.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Very lovely lens, Nancy. Love it! Wilmington probably still has an Azalea Festival. I went to a couple. One time Michael Landon was the King or some such. He came right up to us. That was back in the Bonanza days. I sure was start struck. :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I have a bunch of azaleas in my yard but sadly, no dogwood trees.Springtime is my favorite time of the year. The flowers are blooming and the birds singing...Wonderful lens5* and lensroll to Create a Backyard Bird Sanctuary.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to sheila sellers] Thank you Sheila. Mama Nannie was amazing and did a lot in this yard and the house.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      My sincerest thanks for posting those lovely pictures of your blossoms.Here, in Ontario, Canada, we do not have those, at least where I live.I would love to be able to grow them.A huge 5 for this lovely lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your landscaping sounds beautiful. Interesting that Jimmy's mother planted the azaleas. I do remember her from years ago.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! And I know your yard is gorgeous this time of year, especially! This lens is a great way to share that beauty!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I love azaleas, thanks for all the pics!

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      A Beautiful Lens! Thanks for sharing! Nora

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Superb! You showcased two of my favorite landscaping plants for spring.

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      Mtodd 8 years ago

      I just love, love Spring in South Carolina! The weather hasn't been kind this year with the greatly varying temps. Our blooms in Aiken are about to fade.

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