While I was away over the last week and a half I knew that the growth in the garden at home was in high gear - but I was still amazed at what I saw when I arrived home. Azaleas in full bloom, others heavily laden with buds about to burst. The clematis vine full of buds and foliage, dogwoods and dianthus blooming. The mint ready to be picked for the season's first mint juleps. The crabapple and japanese maple trees are beautiful, even as the pollen coats the leaves of the japanese maple. What a welcome home!