Some of you may remember this winter when I
told of the snow and wind breaking off my Capistrano
Rhododendron. The poor pathetic thing that had
lost one of its limbs to drought and disease also
lost a big limb or section to the onslaught of winter.
It is a sad looking specimen now and needs to visit
the land of lost plants or pruned up and moved
to a hidden corner somewhere in the shade.
The section that is left did have a few buds left
on it from last year and is now blooming.
I love this Rhoddy for its beautiful yellow blooms
with its stamens touched with purple.
While my other two Rhoddy’s are just starting to burst
their buds open Capistrano is already in full bloom.
What is left to bloom I should say. LOL!
Close ups do not always tell the whole story and you
would have never known that these beautiful blooms
were off of the two remaining branches.
Since Capistrano seem more fragile than my other
Rhoddy’s maybe moving her to a more sheltered location
away from the winds that blow between the house and the
garage in winter would be an idea.
I need some advice from you Master Gardeners as to
when would be the best time to move it and how severely
can it be pruned back?
Can I move it after it blooms or should I wait until fall?
I would really like to save the beauty if I can.
It is cooler this week and we have had some frosty mornings
after our mini summer heat. The lilacs are fading now and the
blooms are falling to the ground. The heavenly fragrance is
waning with the disappearing blooms and I am sad to see
The butterflies are looking for other flowers now.
So the creeping phlox is a good substitution for the
Also a reminder that the drawing for the Gardening
Grab Bag will be tomorrow Wednesday April 21st
so if anyone wants it please let me know today.
Happy Gardening Everyone and Good Luck!!!
Until Tomorrow, Lona