|Ain't she a 'peach'?!! |
(Sense a purple theme in the area - aka Gazing Ball?
Ajuga skirts the stepping stones too, just out of sight.)
Growing this PJM Rhododendron has been a total labor of love - and - "3rd time IS a charm". I am completely enamored with Azaleas and Rhododendrons, ever since I first saw them on the east coast in New Jersey. They are very happy on the east coast, like Hibiscus in Florida, the soil must be just right - they grow as big as a house. Here in the Midwest they are much more fragile - though many landscapes in the area attempt to grow them (note to self: all "Zone 5's" are not alike).
|"Rhodie" invited a friend over to hang out.|
(those flower petals were still unfolding - fresh out of their little 'nest')
This is my third attempt to grow this tender plant. Not paying attention to the "tip" on the plant tag the first two times -- I did not plant this treasure's predecessors in a protected area of the garden. Cold NW winter winds left nothing but brittle twigs, with no hope of any recovery in the Spring. I was devastated, but hard-headed - not willing to say "Uncle". Low and behold, looks like I got this one right?! The bonus, this Rhododendron is an evergreen - so you have foliage to look at all four seasons.
|"Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?"|
Like most of you, I've been up to my elbows in dirt these days. While the weather is not fast to cooperate, I am still out there - re-organizing my gardens in the back. Re-purposed Day Lilies from pre-construction were planted in a part-shade area of the "Shade Garden" last year. Slow to thrive and bloom - they now have been shuffled to my new "Cottage Garden" in a very sunny corner. I moved a lone Moonbeam Coreopsis to a grouping with it's family in the "Sun Garden". I put two more Moonbeams over in the Cottage Garden - they weren't coming back too strong this spring. With all the Sphagnum Moss and Mushroom Compost there is in the Cottage garden - they should be all jacked up by the time the weather gets nice?!
|Thanks for the Feng Shui - |
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Peace, in your garden!