Thursday, March 04, 2010

Objects in winter may be tougher than they appear.

This deciduous azalea, rhododendron mucronulatum, starts blooming in February even when there is snow on the ground. The flowers are the most delicate in appearance of anything in the garden. It always amazes me that something so fragile-looking could be so tough.


Blogger Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a pretty one! I've never had luck with deciduous azaleas, they've never survived the winter. Does yours have a fragrance?

04 March, 2010 19:53  
Anonymous Karen said...

So lovely. There were a couple of azaleas here when we arrived, but both have died - planted 3 ft. from the trunk of a cedar tree, not exactly a friendly spot. Why are some deciduous and others not, I wonder?

04 March, 2010 22:09  
Blogger MollyTrolley said...

@Catherine: I have three deciduous azaleas and they all seem to thrive on borderline neglect. No fragrance but because they bloom around the same time as hyacinths and daphne odora, fragrance would probably be overkill.
@Karen: I think it's just an enormous genus and most of the hybridization has been done with the evergreen varieties. Perhaps we should have a SAGBUTT gettogether at the Weyerhauser rhodie garden?

05 March, 2010 07:06  
Anonymous Phil said...

Things certainly are early this year. Was thinking about spading up the garden this weekend, but... Today is certainly a dose of reality.

08 March, 2010 10:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found Irving's book in Bellingham long ago...great read.

20 May, 2010 20:45  

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