Rhododendron Bud, At Last!

When we first moved in to our house just over a year and a half ago, there was a small unkempt and overgrown rhododendron bush effectively blocking the pathway round the side of the house, growing right up against the conservatory wall. I cut it back quite vigourously that first autumn to clear the path, understanding that we would no doubt lose the following year’s flowering but deciding it was worth the temporary loss. Sure enough, we had no flowers last spring/ summer, but thankfully the plant itself soon settled back into normal seasonal growth.

Over the last few months I’ve watched new leaf buds appear, along with a few potential flower buds with their initial green growth. The buds grew larger, and larger still, but with no signs of opening up. I’ve watched other rhododendron bushes in the area flowering, yet for some reason mine remained tight shut. I wondered if it was possibly a lack of light, or a lack of nutrients (the bush is growing beneath a tree), or some other unknown factor I’m as yet unaware of. I realised with disappointment there was no indication even of what colour the flowers might be, and being a relatively ‘new’ gardener I was completely stumped as to what to do…

But this morning, after day after day of pouring rain saturating absolutely everything in sight, to my delight I noticed that four buds are finally beginning to open – woo-hoo – and it looks like the flowers will be a deep pink, assuming they continue to open out fully. I was so unbelievably excited to see them at long last I stuck on my wellies with my pyjamas to go out to the garden to take a few pictures, so I suppose the promise of my first ever rhododendron flowers definitely has to be my Weekly Smile for this week! 🙂

Weekly Smile

Flower of the Day


16 thoughts on “Rhododendron Bud, At Last!

  1. I have a couple in pots. Victoria moved them to clean the area/moss outside my front door. They didn’t take kindly to the move, no flowers to be seen, but then this week one of them began to flower again. I did the same as you and this morning I took photos, same colour as yours too!

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