Augusta in full bloom for this year's Masters

Monday, April 8, 2013 3:08 PM
Last updated 9:29 PM
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The brightest star in that riot of color at Augusta National and in most neighborhoods in the city this week is the blooming azalea.

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Thank goodness.

Last year’s early spring left the azaleas bloomless during the 2012 Masters Tournament, but not this week. Although the area did have some warm days in March, a late cold snap slowed Augusta’s famous flowering shrubs.

“We hit it right this year,” said Suzanne Holmes, the horticulture program assistant at the Richmond County Extension Office.

It’s not only the azaleas in bloom right now – the dogwood, peach and cherry trees are full of blooms as are the wisteria vines and spirea bushes. The redbud trees are just finishing, Holmes said, but you can still find daffodils flowering. By the end of the week, the Lady Bank roses should be in full bloom.

“I was driving down Walton Way earlier today, and it was just stunning,” Holmes said.

Augusta National Golf Club and many residents planted different varieties of azaleas that bloom early and late. The huge bushes full of stunning purple and the lighter pink-purple blooms are the Indica species, Holmes said.

Along with all that color are the different hues of green leaves and needles to be admired, Holmes said.

Some azaleas and other spring bloomers started budding in January this year, which led to worries the azalea show would be over before the Masters began. But the recent cool-down actually caused the plants to stop. Plants that reproduce by seed have an internal mechanism that tells the plants to go dormant until the weather warms again, Holmes said. That way the plant’s seeds won’t be killed by the cold.

Browse the blooms

For those in search of azalea blooms, take a ride down Walton Way, Central Avenue, Greene Street or Park Avenue. The Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St., features an azalea garden.

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JENNPAT 04/09/13 - 10:28 am
the beautiful tress and flowers

i was out last Friday driving around Augusta and Richmond Cty and the trees and flowers are so pretty very good one one who has allergies just take you some meds. for allergies and enjoy the beauty

JENNPAT 04/09/13 - 10:36 am
Enjoy the beauty of Augusta

I was out last Friday driving around Richmond Cty and the trees and flowers are beautiful. but not very good on allergies but the people who live here know all about that and the ones who have come to Augusta for the Masters long enought should know also.Just take some meds. for the allergies and enjoy the beauty like I do and you will feel better when you see all the beauty

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