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Those Underappreciated Spring Rhododendrons
Sunday, April 23, 2017




Rhododendron augustinii 'Marion MacDonnell'


Spring in Vancouver arrives with all those predictable photographs of cherry blossoms, camellias (usually misspelt with one l) and about magnolia bushes (which are in reality trees) and are some of the oldest flowering trees in our planet.

Little is ever mentioned about those dependable and mostly healthy rhododendrons. In our garden, the first botanical entity to flower besides the bulbs is my lovely species rhododendron, Rhododendron racemosum. Today my scan is of the plant about a week past its prime. The second image is from two years ago in its prime.

Rhododendrum racemosum

The other rhododendron in bloom right now is Rhododenron augustinii ‘Marion MacDonnell’ which is almost a startling blue.

Alas we are not in our old Athlone house anymore where Rhododenron luteum would be not quite about to flower with its extremely fragrant yellow blooms.

Rhododendron racemosum




     

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La Modestine Stands Up & Sits Down

Equisetum - Clarinets & Logarithms

Vertical Influences - Patín del Diablo

Pontius Pilate's Wife & Brigid Bazlen

Pascua 2017

To know if any Human eyes were near - Emily Dickin...

How To Be - Edgy

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