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.

She’s Baaaa-aaaack

I know it’s been a while, and I hope to be better now. I’ve been playing with the genealogy and putting most of my writing there.

That, and IT’S SPRING in the Northwest and it’s lasted over a month, with new trees blooming and things in my yard sprouting and me planting stuff. After spending so long where Spring lasts about a week and goes straight from frost to 90 deg. I’m avoiding spending any more time indoors than I have to.

I got the rocking chair that I got for Christmas put together, and I love to sit on the back porch (they call it a deck) and rock and listen to the birds and read a book or just vegetate.

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There are these wonderful puff-balls of red all over, lining the roads on campus.

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The rhododendrons are starting to bloom.

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The bed just outside my front door is covered with blooming violets.

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And we’ve planted pots with primroses, variegated ivy and hellebore (three things the deer won’t eat down to the ground).