Rhododendron Interlude

As I shall be spending time with our current visitor, I shall be mostly away from my computer for a few days. In honour of the fact that this visitor has already spent an hour dead-heading rhododendrons. Here are some of the culprits.

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Cupcake

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Cupcake

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Flava

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Flava

Rhododendron Yakushimanum

Rhododendron Yakushimanum

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Percy Wiseman

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Percy Wiseman

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Morgenrot

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Morgenrot

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Edelweiss

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Edelweiss

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Titian Beauty

Rhododendron Yakushimanum Titian Beauty

Rhododendron

Rhododendron ? (the pink one), Acer Palmatum Trompenburg

17 thoughts on “Rhododendron Interlude

  1. Your post made me wonder the origin of rhododendron. Such an unusual word.
    So, I googled it and found this: It’s origin is Greek.
    Rhodo (rose) and dendron (tree). A rose tree.
    Oh, the joys of blogging. 🙂

  2. These are gorgeous, Hilary. We have 3 in the garden. 2 have flowered well this year but one hardly at all. Do you know what makes a rhododendron flower well? Do we need to feed the laggard something special?

    • Ours are in pots because our soil is alkaline, so I do feed them (and top-dress and dose them nematodes against vine weevil) and water them. This is a dry area and they are all to big for their pots. In the last couple of years I have been cautiously pruning them too. Like the weather, only worse, I am inconsistent about these things, but they are definitely happier when fed. After ten to twenty years our relationship with each one is almost personal.

      • We have no shortage of rain but it comes in very seasonal doses. We dress occasionally but inconsistently. I confess I am not sure what ph our soil is but they are just planted in the ground. I suppose I need a ph testing kit! Thanks for the guidance, Hilary.

  3. Even though winter is yet to start some jonquils are already flowering. Today a balmy 21C. The weather is all out of kilter. The nights are cool but nothing like a -5c or so.
    Lovely shots of the rhodos Hilary.

  4. Crikey, Hilary ! – how magnificent they are ! I can’t imagine how a bloody ARMY could get this lot dead-headed: is your visitor someone you’d like to get your own back on ? [grin]

      • So you are a sadist ? – you grinned fiendishly, did a Uriah Heep with your hands and said “Why, certainly, my dear !” ? [grin]

      • Hmm, you might be right, our January visitors couldn’t resist the challenge when I said I wanted to move one of the giant tubs, but didn’t think it was possible – it got moved!

      • Bravo ! And I’m thrilled to know that these wonderful trees can be grown in tubs: it means that many others can be, as well.

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