January 14, 2010

Rhododendrons Revisted

As a young'un I dismissed rhododendrons as mildly undesirable plants that alternated between a pretty ho-hum (not blooming) state and a really gaudy (blooming) state.  But since moving to colder climes, I've gained a new appreciation for this huge group of plants. In the winter, their early buds and leathery leaves provide interest and hope. In the spring, their shockingly bright crepe paper blooms provide a much-needed jolt of color,  tiding us over until things begin to green up a bit.

We'll revisit these guys again in just a few months.

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