All it takes is a few days of summer like temperatures to start the Rhododendrons to bloom.
I love this time of the year when they start to bloom with their giant orbs of color.
This PJM Rhododendron is even older and has gotten so tall now. This one has been trimmed back throughout the years from the corner of the house where it grows to keep it from rubbing against the house when the wind blows .
As a new gardener at the time it was planted I had no idea as to how large it would really get throughout the years.
Rhododendrons were one of the first blooming shrubs that I planted when we bought the house.
As a girl when traveling to Tennessee where relatives lived we would always go up into the Smokey Mountains. The streams and hillsides would be just gorgeous with blooming Rhododendrons all along them in the spring. I remembered them and wanted to have them at my own home.
Sadly the yellow Capistrano Rhododendron that is planted in the same area has died back to just one little sprout that is coming out at the base of it.
This beautiful week we have had has kept me busy taking out the seed started plants to harden off for planting. Planting new plants and getting beds cleaned up.
Also I help my daughter build her first flower bed this week which took a toll on both of our backs with the laying of edging stones to bags and bags of soil. She was really pleased with the end results and of course I am glad to have her join me in the love for flower gardening.