Ta-Da! Azeleas are beautiful. I gave the Garden Club a choice of Boxwood (Buxus) and two forms of Azalea. They chose. A hybrid of R. nakhari (The R. standing for Rhododendron....meaning Azeales are a form of Rhodys which is interesting.) developed by Mrs. Polly Hill of Martha's Vineyard, MA who has been messin' around with Japanese azaleas since the 1950's.
The one used here is North Tisbury Alexander. Which was the one I hoped the Garden Club picked. It's flowers are a lovely salmon-red blooming late into June. And it has the most amazing prostrate growing characteristics getting a maximum of 18" high and about 3' wide. Cold hardy to -10F.
After getting all the Alexander Azalea out of there pots and into the ground. We then took a spade and edged along the side walk so that when the mulch was put in it would look nice and tidy and most importantly stay put.
See how the mulch lays right up to the sidewalk nice and tidy.
Next to the tools of the trade was this big guy. And he just was sticking out like a sore thumb. He had to go. He was blocking the view of the fallen fire fighters memorial on the other side of the walk.