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Flowers: The Bright Red Awe-zalias are in bloom

2013-05-07 - East Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. It's a flowering shrub, and I think it's an azalia,. Always when the word comes to mind I remember the other Kentucky pronunciation for the plant, sometimes with a grand effort to get it right, sometimes with the great suth-ren tradition of grand pretentious - putting on airs - when otherwise unknowing people think that carefully shaping words, regardless of their lack of knowledge about how it should be said, makes them sound more intelligent. I've heard the word awe-zalias from both camps. But now, in this best spring ever, I have to admit that they are on to something. "Awe-zalia" is much more fitting - maybe an understatement, for the awesome infinity of beauty they deliver.
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