Rhododendrons in bloom

by Caroline Brown

We have a variety of bushes in the Rhododendron family (rhododendrons and azaleas) that do well in our shady yard. They're blooming beautifully right now. We love them because they're evergreen and make the yard seem more bearable in the winter when everything's brown. And they're spectacular in the spring when they're blooming.

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5 Comments to “Rhododendrons in bloom”

  1. I love the purple ones. I’m going to my local nursey today! I’m excited.. Ive never done much gardening and looks like it’s time for me to start

    Have a great weekend!

    Teddy

  2. Hi C….Nice flowers!!!
    Make sure the kitties check out Teddy’s blog. Abbey aka the new Kitty is showing up over there and she is gorgeous! Looks a lot like our dear little Lois did. Sniffle….

    Headbonks and BFN, G and the Mitz

  3. the flowers are beautiful!

  4. WE’VE HAD OUR RHODODENDRONS FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS NOW. THEY HAVE BUDS BUT HAVE NOT YET BLOOMED. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THEM BLOOM.

  5. Couple questions, are you sure they’re flower buds and not leaf buds. Rhodies have both, in the winter they look the same but in the summer the flower buds swell up. If you have no real flower buds then they might have too much nitrogen or too much shade.

    Do you fertilize it, if so with what. The product could be too much nitrogen, that’s often a cause of buds not blooming or forming. Something for acid lovers like Holly Tone is better.

    Another question is when do you prune it, if at all. IF you prune at the wrong time you could be cutting the flower buds &* leaving only leaf buds.

    Last thing, if they are flower buds–can you open them & see What they look like? If they’re brown, they might have frozen…then check, what zone are you in and what is the variety of rhody–it might not be tolerant to your zone?

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