Encore for Charleston area encore azaleas! My mother’s encores on James Island bloomed to some degree all summer (recall what I said about buying plants from local nurseries as opposed to big box stores), and, now that the sun is lower in the sky, the days are shorter, and the temperature has cooled, they’re really taking off! Here are some shots of them. (Click to enlarge.)
Gone are the days when you could only expect breathtaking beauty from azaleas for a few weeks during the spring. With encore azaleas, it can be spring all growing season. Long live the second bumper crop!
Seth Mason, Charleston SC