The Rhododendrons and Azaleas have been amazing this year. Usually we have a problem if the garden is too dry in the previous summer, the plants then abort their flower buds which means that we don’t have many flowers during the following May/June.
I don’t remember it being very wet last summer, we watered a few of the bushes when the leaves told us they were suffering, but this year they have flowered as never before.
They really are the Barbara Cartland of the plant world, frilly, flouncy and most of them are very pink!
These two photos are of the same bush, I hope you agree that it looks a lot better for being deadheaded! As well as looking a lot better, it saves the shrub using energy making seeds, although how I will cope in 10 years time when they are twice as tall, I just don’t know!
The white Rhododendron is Schnee kroner, I think that is how it was spelt, meaning Snow Crown, one of the few names that I remember planting.
The flowers last for quite a long time, usually about 6 weeks and certainly bring a wow of colour to the borders before all the perennials get going for the summer. I now just have the rest of the rhododendrons and azaleas to deadhead, I might be quite a while!