Deciduous Azaleas (thus far)

Many deciduous azaleas are sweetly scented. Some of them bloomed in May, some will bloom later (or at least they did last year), and perhaps some are not planning on blooming this year. We have an “azalea garden” in the front with deciduous azaleas, and we also have a ‘Cannon’s Double’ azalea on the side of the house (in the woodland garden) and a ‘Cannon’s Double’ in the backyard (which was purchased because the one on the side of the house stopped being double).

The azalea garden in March, after I’d weeded it–it looks rather barren before the foliage starts:

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The azalea garden during blooming:

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The contorted filbert/hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ or “Harry Lauder’s walking stick”) in the middle of the azalea garden is dying, I think. I’m not too happy about it. I know that sometimes hazelnuts get a disease, but I really liked it and was really pleased with it when I planted it. Trees aren’t cheap, either. The plant doesn’t have very many leaves this year, and it has these weird canker things on it. I don’t know if I would replace it–I might worry about the next one getting sick, too. They do make red ones, which I didn’t know about when we got this one–but I just don’t know that I would want to take a chance again. The contorted hazelnut went in long before the azaleas were purchased, so it’s quite likely that the azalea garden does not actually need a contorted filbert in the middle of it–that the azaleas fill it just fine. Sigh. I don’t generally talk about the plants that don’t make it, but this one is right in the middle of the picture, and also I feel somewhat irritated about the whole situation. The fact that it took less than two years for it to start dying makes me think that it was never that healthy in the first place–that it probably came from the nursery diseased.

Anyhow, on to happy thoughts.

Azalea ‘Candy Lights’:

Azalea 'Candy Lights'

Azalea ‘Girard’s Red Pom Pom’:

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Azalea ‘Rosy Lights’:

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Honeysuckle azalea–Rhododendron luteum:

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Unknown deciduous azalea:

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Azalea ‘Snowbird’:

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Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in woodland garden:

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Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in backyard:

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