I grew up on a desert island, so I never paid much attention to the lush plants that proliferate in the American Southeast until I went to college. That's when I first took notice of an azalea plant. They grow very well in Georgia and Tennessee, and my mother had great banks of azaleas planted around my parents' home in north Georgia. So, it was curious to me when I moved to Houston that I had azalea plants that never bloomed. Then to my surprise and delight, after several years, I saw the plants covered in bright pink blooms.