They arrived in a gentle rain, a trio of native azaleas, now safely grounded down at the Hügelkultur Glen. They will have ample time to get settled in and start some new roots before cold weather finally catches us.
Left to right: Rhododentron eastmanii (May White Azalea), R. atlanticum (Coastal Azalea), R. canescens (Piedmont Azalea). The May White is a special prize. Eastmanii were just discovered about twenty years ago. Only a few hundred plants are known to exist in the wild, limited to two counties in South Carolina. I feel very fortunate to have this specimen grown at Mountain Mist Nursery in Fairview NC.