Azaleas

I saw so many azaleas when I was living in New York that their absence in Southern Europe went unnoticed for a while. But not long. Whereas there they grow to become huge bushes of colour, here you’re lucky if they manage to survive the winter and, if they do, they stay small and slouched.

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties of azaleas? And in China, it’s called the “thinking of home” plant. Also, receiving a bouquet of azaleas (or rhododendrons, their close cousins) was considered equal to a death threat, due to the high level of toxins contained in their flowers, leaves and nectar.

I have some photos of the azaleas in New York somewhere – I’ll try and fish them out next time I dive into my external hard drive. For now, these little ones from an Italian garden will have to do.

07:17

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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