pale green pants with just a tree inside them.
This azalea is a quinceanera tree. Well, not really, but the blooms look like the gowns of sweet fifteen years olds having portraits made in the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum. Usually the gardens are full of photo entourages in wedding attire, but Sunday it was the quinceanera photo crowd. The gowns tended toward magenta or purple, shaped like a doll cake. Caught in the wind, the full skirts rang like Disney Fantasia flower bells. The bodices usually laced in the back. Matching flowers and tiaras had to be carted around in boxes and bags in the drizzle. The completed looks lost something as the bare-shouldered honorees had to be wrapped in whatever blanket was in the trunk of the car.
For a joke today, it should get up to eighty-five degrees. Have to turn off the furnace AGAIN.
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder