A sun-drenched close up of a pink rhododendron flower for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge 🙂
This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge has the topic of flowers – not a difficult subject for me to photograph at the moment! These images were all taken outside in my garden this morning 🙂
A follow-on Weekly Smile from last week’s single rhododendron bud that was finally showing some promise 🙂
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, and delightfully my hesitant-to-date rhododendron bush has now decided to bloom all its flowers at once. I really love their deep pink colour, although they have a slightly purplish tinge to them that doesn’t seem to pick up well in my camera – but the bees are happily buzzing around so all in all I’ve got plenty to smile about ❤
Rhododendron in the sun for today’s Flower of the Day 🙂
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! 🙂