Friday, May 20, 2016

Pruning Azaleas in Oaklawn

Yesterday we had a large crew of Master Gardeners pruning azaleas in Oaklawn Garden in Germantown. (By the way, this is prime-time for pruning most azaleas, which should be pruned after they finish flowering but before they start setting buds for next spring.) We had a number of interns in the group, who were either learning to prune or sharpening their skills. We also had a number of experienced azalea pruners, including a Lifetime Master Gardener. So a lot of learning took place, in addition to a lot of azaleas being pruned. I wish I had thought to take a picture of that huge trash pile!

I did take pictures of a few things that were still in bloom in the garden. Orange seemed to be the tint of the day. The pomegranate was showing its stuff, but unfortunately the sunshine kept me from getting a good picture. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

The round thing that looks like a fruit is actually the pomegranate bud.

A few native azaleas were still blooming. I think the native azaleas are among the most beautiful. Not often seen in the big box garden centers, you can often find them at your local nurseries.  I have seen both pomegranates and native azaleas for sale at The Dabney's Nursery on Hack's Cross Road.

If you would like to learn more about pruning azaleas, please join local Master Gardeners for a free workshop being held at Oaklawn on Saturday, June 11, from 1-2 pm. This will be an opportunity to learn about pruning in a hands-on way. Bring your gloves and pruners.

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