The First of Many

It happened almost over night

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The first Rhododendron bud opened

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My Rhododendrum shrubs (or Rhodies, as we like to call them) are full of buds

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By the end of the day, a few other buds had started to bloom.

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Soon, the entire shrub will be full of gorgeous blooms such as this one from last May.

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Rhodies are abundant in this part of the world. Β “Tall, wild varieties can reach over 35 feet high, and are found throughout the coastal mountain ranges from New York to Georgia. Designated as West Virginia’s state flower, rhododendrons are particularly abundant in the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge mountains. Species in the Pacific northwest from northern California to British Columbia vary in heights” (www.library.illinois.edu)

30 thoughts on “The First of Many

    • Leanne, I’m really lucky that the shrubs were here when I bought the house and over the past 17 years they have thrived with no effort on my part. They grow abundantly in my part of the world. Good luck if you try again – I came across quite a few sites that offer tips and info.

  1. I’m so envious! I would love to have these in a landscape. Unfortunately it’s too cold here. Phooey. 35 feet of fuchsia blooms….outrages ! Are those seed pods on the leaf in the last photo LB? Just blows me out of the water, gorgeous!

    • I’ll take a photo so you can see them all in bloom! Mine shrubs are about 15 ft high. Such a spirit lifter to see the whole front of the house dressed in fuchia! I’m not sure about those being the seed pods. I was reading a bit about harvesting those … I’ll have to research more.

  2. We have them here too Laurie πŸ™‚ In our local Botanic Garden [which is classified as one of the greats :-)] there is a large area known as the Rhododendron Dell which is curated by a Scottish gentleman and which plays host to a festival every year when the flowers are in full bloom. Many folk around this country are fond of them and I have inherited many rhodies in different gardens.

  3. Oh! I love Rhodies, LB. The colour of the one in your photos is striking. How beautiful will it be when all the buds are in bloom! Thanks for sharing a taste of your Spring. xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

    • Mine, too! Something about the beautiful buds, the variety of colors, the size and endurance of the blooms … just gorgeous!

    • Thanks Heather. I did not use a tripod. In fact, the only time I’ve used a tripod was in the night time photos in my previous post. I was however leaning tightly up against the porch railing πŸ™‚

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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