Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Spring Things - Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Spring is a season of renewal, of beauty, of change, of color, of longing, of rebirth.

It is a season that is fleeting in upstate New York.  Last night, cold breezes blew as we entered a cold weather pattern.  It's not even supposed to reach 60 (15.5 C) today.  It feels more like fall in the Northeastern United States.

To keep my Northeast readers warm today, I bring you some lovely flowers.

 I suspect this is what is called a Mollis hybrid. They are a European azalea, and aren't the most cold hardy.  I've never seen them as lovely in my nearly 30 years of living in upstate New York as they have been this year.  The first four pictures were taken, incidentally, on the West Side of Binghamton, New York.

This, a bit wilted, is a closeup.

Other Mollis hybrids are yellow.

This plant is so bright red, it glows.

Finally, the two rhodies I grow.  The first one is this pink-purple that is actually quite common in this area.  This plant is over 30 years old.

The other one is less common.  It, too, is also over 30 years old.

Tomorrow I will take a break from flowers to bring you something else.  Perhaps a post on fall would be in order.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. I had no luck with azaleas and rhodies, so gave up long ago. Your pics are lovely.

  2. Lovely flowers! I love nature's color display this time of year. I was actually able to identify a bush that is growing on our hill. The bright red/hot pink flowering bush is exactly like ours. Is that a Mollis Hybrid?

  3. Beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons. They do say spring, don't they?

  4. Sorry you're getting cold weather. They say this summer is going to be a scorcher, so maybe this is one way of getting ready for it?

  5. Such lovely colors. Beautiful.

  6. So many lovely colors and flowers. Right now we have yellow gerbers in our home.

  7. That one thing I would like to get is rhode. But deer loves them.
    Coffee is on


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