Category Archives: Rhododendron/Azalea

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’:

Azalea 'Snowbird' Azalea 'Snowbird'

Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in woodland garden:

Azalea 'Cannon's Double' in woodland garden Azalea 'Cannon's Double' in woodland garden Azalea 'Cannon's Double' in woodland garden

Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’ in backyard:

Azalea 'Cannon's Double' in backyard Azalea 'Cannon's Double' in backyard

Rhododendrons

These pictures range in date somewhat, from early April to mid-May. The Bee rhododendrons, ‘President Roosevelt’, and the plant I call “early blooming rhododendron” bloomed early. ‘Deep Clover’ and ‘Centennial Celebration’ are later bloomers. The two big front rhododendrons fall in the middle.

I really want another rhododendron, but I have absolutely no idea where I would put it. I think I want a late blooming deep deep purple one.

Two big front rhododendrons:

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Early blooming rhododendron:

Rhododendron Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘President Roosevelt’ (variegated foliage):

Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt' Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt' Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt'

Rhododendron ‘Centennial Celebration’:

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Rhododendron ‘Deep Clover’:

Rhododendron 'Deep Clover' Rhododendron 'Deep Clover' Rhododendron 'Deep Clover'

Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ (scented, has not bloomed):

Rhododendron 'Polar Bear'

The Bee Rhododendrons (all allegedly dwarf):

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Rhododendron ‘Wanna Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Must Bee’ (only one blossom this year):

Rhododendron 'Must Bee' Rhododendron 'Must Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Queen Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Too Bee’ (I don’t think it bloomed this year):

Rhododendron 'Too Bee' Rhododendron 'Too Bee'

Rhododendron ‘June Bee’:

Rhododendron 'June Bee' Rhododendron 'June Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Wee Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Wee Bee' Rhododendron 'Wee Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Peter Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Peter Bee' Rhododendron 'Peter Bee'

Late Blooming Deciduous Azaleas

I said in a previous post that two of the deciduous azaleas were not blooming this year. I was wrong – I forgot that they were just late bloomers. These two deciduous azaleas are still blooming, but the height was maybe two or three weeks ago.

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea: Rhododendron viscosum

'Millennium' azalea

‘Millennium’ azalea

'Millennium' azalea

‘Millennium’ azalea

'Millennium' azalea

‘Millennium’ azalea

Deciduous Azaleas

Part of the front yard became a deciduous azalea garden because when we went to buy one or two we ended up with… seven I think. They just smell so great! Unfortunately I was out of the country for the very height of the blooming period, but here are some pictures that I took before I left. ‘Millennium’ azalea and Rhododendron viscosum, a species swamp azalea, did not bloom this year.

azalea garden

azalea garden

azalea garden

azalea garden

'Candy Lights' azalea

‘Candy Lights’ azalea

'Candy Lights' azalea

‘Candy Lights’ azalea

'Candy Lights' azalea

‘Candy Lights’ azalea

'Girard's Red Pom Pom' azalea

‘Girard’s Red Pom Pom’ azalea

'Snowbird' azalea

‘Snowbird’ azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

Rhododendron luteum - species deciduous azalea

Rhododendron luteum: species deciduous azalea

'Rosy Lights' azalea

‘Rosy Lights’ azalea

'Rosy Lights' azalea

‘Rosy Lights’ azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

old deciduous azalea

Rhododendron viscosum - species swamp azalea

Rhododendron viscosum: species swamp azalea

'Millennium' azalea

‘Millennium’ azalea

There was an incident with the old ‘Cannon’s Double’ azalea on the side of the house – one year it stopped being double. The co-gardener wanted a new one for the backyard, but the old, now-single, one is still in the yard as well.

'Cannon's Double' non-double azalea

‘Cannon’s Double’ non-double azalea

'Cannon's Double' non-double azalea

‘Cannon’s Double’ non-double azalea

'Cannon's Double' non-double azalea

‘Cannon’s Double’ non-double azalea

'Cannon's Double' Azalea

‘Cannon’s Double’ azalea

UPDATE: also see this post

‘Autumn Embers’ and ‘Purple Splendor’ Evergreen Azaleas

There are two ‘Autumn Embers’ (evergreen) azaleas in the front yard. The big deal with them is that they are part of a re-blooming azalea series – they bloom again in the fall. I have not really made up my mind – they may have turned out to be more orange than I expected. The pictures were taken in the sun, so I am not sure if that gets across here. I think they will look better when they get a big bigger and have more of a presence.

2013 Miscell 1396 'Autumn Embers' azalea 2013 Miscell 1397 'Autumn Embers' azalea

I am told that this is a ‘Purple Splendor’ (evergreen) azalea. Yes, it is a bit of a funny shape (although that is not entirely obvious in this photo).

2013 Miscell 1403 'Purple Splendor' azalea