The stars of the garden at the moment are the rhododendrons and azaleas. In full flower, they are so bright and colourful, some with huge blowsy flowers that demand attention. Others are more refined, the deciduous azaleas also quite often come with a delicious perfume which wafts round the garden. There is so much flowering at the moment, but the rhododendrons and azaleas make sure you can’t ignore them.
I make no excuse for starting my post with the same photo as my last post, this is my favourite rhodo at the moment. This is always the first rhododendron to flower for me. It was already here when we came 30 yrs ago and is still doing well. The buds start out very pink, it then becomes two tone white and pink and ends up cream.
Azalea Persil has a delicious perfume. I planted it beside the swinging seat under the dead oak, perfect for morning coffee!
Rhododendron luteum, another deciduous azalea, is also under the dead oak, but round the other side. This also has a fantastic perfume.
Little Rhododendron Princess Ann. She flowers quite early and is amost finished now. Such a delicate colour makes a nice change from all the bright pink!
My third deciduous azalea, Homebush, also planted in the dead oak border, it is a big border! This also has a wonderful perfume, making morning wanderings a delight.
Homebush contrasts so beautifully with the viburnum behind it.
A new Japanese evergreen azalea which is waiting to be planted on the rockery, soon, I keep telling it, soon it will be planted, I promise!
This is another shrub that was here before I was. An evergreen Japanese azalea with the most vibrant pink flowers, you certainly can’t miss seeing it from the house or wherever you are in the garden. It is now getting rather big and floppy so I think a trim might be in order when it eventually finishes flowering.
This little grouping pleases me at the moment with 2 rhododendrons, a japanese azalea, hawthorn and a few perennials. I planted the perennials,the hosta, the golden philadelphus and the hydrangea, but the rest were already here 30 yrs ago.
A closeup of the rhododendron on the left in the above photo, pretty markings.
Huge flower heads on this rhodo over by the school, another that has been here for a long time.
I’m waiting to see how this one turns out, hoping its not “ponticum”!
No, certainly not “ponticum”, far too pretty and frilly for that. It is a lovely lilac colour with a white throat and yellow splash on the upper petal. I think I will have to re-organise the corner where it is as it is too crowded at the moment.
Rhododendron Fantastica in the woodland. now the only rhodo left in the woodland, I think it was too dark for the others. Two went to the neighbour of a friend and I heard the other day that they are happy in their new garden and one is flowering for her already! Two others died, I think it was too wet in the left of the woodland where I planted them, where the snakeshead fritillaries are now.
The same fantastica, 2 weeks later, now completely white.
I like it at all stages of its flowering, the way they change colour gives interest for longer.
A lovely deep red variety, old now as it has been here more than 30 yrs. This one is at the side by the old school.
I seem to remember about 25yrs ago, I planted a rhodo in this corner. It started growing and then I forgot about it as it never flowered. I thought maybe it was too dark in the back corner by the woodland as it was in so much shade and so considered it as just part of the background for the hydrangeas in front. This year howerver, it has decided to flower!
and what a lovely flower it is, lilac/pink colouring also with a white throat and a purple splash on the upper petal. I think these last two might be my new favourites!
Over the other side of the garden is a bush that is spreading merrily sideways with lilac coloured flowers, when they are all fully out it is magnificent.
A close up of the lovely flower, again in the lilac /pink range, also with a white throat and this time a yellow splash on the upper petal. This one fades to white eventually.
Another red, this time by the hedge between us and next door. I don’t think it is the same variety as the previous red one, also the leaves are slightly different.
I’ll just finish with a couple of general views. This one looking across the circle towards the back garden.
and looking back the other way with the bright pink japanese azalea on the left.
I seem to have rather more than ten suggested by Chloris, but I hope she will forgive me as I didn’t realise that I had so many! The rhododendrons have done so much better this year than other years, did we have rain at the right time last summer? Something has made all these beautiful flowers, some pale and interesting, some blowsy and demanding attention, I don’t mind what it was, I love them all! My soil is only just the acid side of neutral, but the rhodos and azaleas seem to like it and this year have put on a wonderful display, just for me, next year I’ll have to try and organise a coffee morning so that more people can enjoy them.
Thanks go to Chloris at The Blooming Garden for hosting this, do pay her a visit to see other gems flowering at the moment.