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IT’S TIME TO TAKE A WALK AROUND THE GARDEN-MAY

Ah! May! Glenn says that May is the best month of the year-I guess it is because he was born this month? Nevertheless, our rhododendrons are blooming everywhere! The plant on the left is a native RHODODENDRON in the USA, the plant in the middle is an evergreen azalea [rhododendron family], and the plant on the right is R. ‘Scintillation’-an award winner.

There’s always confusion as to what is an azalea. If you keep mind that it is only another type of rhododendron, then it’s clear. The plants pictured here are all evergreens.

[Note: I am NOT showing the complete species name here but just the R. and the cultivar name.]

You’ll find that the maintenance is to carefully cut off the dead blooms on the large, truss-type rhodies. Then prune any wayward branches back to the next set of leaves. Next year you should have even MORE blooms!

OKAY-LET’S GET TO WORK!

The plants above are all deciduous rhodies a.k.a. deciduous azaleas. The middle one is a native in the USA. The plant on the right is R. ‘Sunset’ and is FRAGRANT! We also have the R. ‘Aromi Sunrise’ but this finishes flowering before the R. ‘ Koewee Sunset’. We have, pictured below, a small-flowered and fragrant deciduous azalea R. ‘Admiral Semmes’-it is yellow. This, too, finishes before these are in full bloom.

The plant above on the left is R. ‘Ben Morrison’ and is two-toned, single flowered.

Again, cut off the truss-type flowers after blooming and prune the plant as stated above after blooming. So many in the gardens here but not enough space to show their pictures…

Happy Birthday to Glenn and Emily!

[May 15th and May 23rd]

Rhododendron “Admiral Semmes”-yellow, fragrant flower trusses.

R.  ‘Aromi Sunrise’ is now about 7-ft tall.