Rhododendrons are one of the plants that I think of when I think of spring. The photo above is a picture of my one and only Rhododendron Nova Zembla. I took this photo last May when the buds were just about to bloom.
The flowers of Nova Zembla are a beautiful shade of red that contains a hint of purple. There’s a pattern on the delicate small flowers as well. This plant is just lovely when it’s branches are bursting with blooms.
I wish it’s blooming season was longer, but I’d say that I get close to a month of blooms out of my Rhododendron each season unless it becomes too hot too fast!
I’m fairly certain that my Rhodo will do well this year as it’s had a nice protective cover of snow over most of the winter.
I also have two Azalea trees. They’re still on the small side and don’t bloom anywhere near as profusely as the Rhododendron, but they too are quite lovely.
Do you grow Rhododendrons or Azaleas?
Now I’m off to Orovo to get some supplies. I need to build my muscles if I’m going to have to keep shoveling all this never ending snow!
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