Thursday, May 24, 2012

rhododendrons and azaleas....




My "mother's day" rhododendron put on it's annual show over the last few weeks... sadly, the petals are now sprinkling the ground.  The old azalea is also finishing up it's bloom cycle... the salmon-y orange is almost florescent, the colors so vibrant. 




Here the show was just beginning....

When in bloom, the rhodie takes up the entire window in the living room... I must say it is a gorgeous, and imposing, view for a few weeks each year...

And from my cozy, south facing porch... well again the rhodie... but that azalea certainly doesn't let you ignore it either!

It always amazes me how this rhodie blooms right at mother's day each year...

And has been doing so for over 60 years now...

Each year I come to appreciate the rhododendron a bit more... a plant that I really didn't care for before we moved to Red Gate Farm.





I love how the blooms start out pink.... and open to white...

But I still don't like the sticky, messy bits that drop all over the ground... and stick to the dogs feet... or mine.

I guess there is a reason why the rhododendron is the Washington state flower... it's certainly made a convert out of me.


The sun is shining... and I hear we're going to have blue skies and sunshine for the long weekend,




linking up to



Cottage Garden Party




14 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos . I to love the salmon-y orange I have some Impatients and Geraniums that colour. Have a good day !

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  2. Happy Blue Sky weekend . . . Love your Rhoddiie in bloom. . . .

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  3. How special that it blooms every year at Mothers Day...really quite remarkable, isn't it? xo

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  4. That is one of the loveliest rodendrens I've ever seen.Most of what I seen here in central Illinois are little scraggly bushes! All of the pictures are beautiful. It seems the best bloomers are also the least long-lasting and therefore more desirous and to be enjoyed quickly.:D

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  5. Ok, I misspelled Rhododendrons; sorry :)

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  6. oh my goodnes ~ that rhodie is absolutely amazing! i have a few ~ but they are the size of 1/2 my leg, lol. So pretty in bloom and they stay green all year long! love it!!!! thank you for sharing over here at this weeks garden party! one of these days i'm just going to come visit you so i can see all this gorgeousness in person!!!!!! xoox, tracie

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  7. What a beautiful tree! I could look out my window and just stare at that all day long. :-))

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  8. What a beautiful tree!! I could look at it for awhile, sipping tea!! Cute flower pillow, too!! xo Heather

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  9. Love this and the last post. Your chalk boards will be wonderful! I do hope you share photos of the wedding with all this wonderful stuff you're doing. That is one gorgeous rhodie. I love mine here on our little farm place. I'm excited about the weather turning back to nice! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. What a wonderful post...your photos are lovely! I love your view from inside your porch...delightful!!

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  11. That's a whole lot of blooming going on at Red Gate Farm - beautiful!

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  12. LOOVE the salmon color. I have been looking for one allover!

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  13. My favorite time... when all the rhodies bloom, the rest of the year just green but then for a few weeks they all treat us to glory!

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  14. They're gorgeous! We don't have them here, to it's fun to see what they looks like,

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