Posted by: abbiewatters | April 25, 2013

Rhododendrons

I’ve never been familiar with rhododendrons – never seen them up close and personal. I’m entranced with the way they flower.

First you get tiny buds that look like they are just trying to be new leaves.

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Then, the buds swell and start to turn slightly pink or red (or whatever the flower is going to be).

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Then they swell some more and you can see that each bloom is a whole bunch of flowerets.

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Then one or more of the flowerets begin to open.

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Then several of them open, but some stay closed for a while.

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Finally, they all are open. Those blooms all came out of the same bud. And they’re BIG – probably each floweret is 2-4 inches in diameter, and the whole blossom is 8-10 inches.

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They range in color from palest pink that almost looks white from a distance, to dark red (not on the same bush). I’m just fascinated with them.

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