My Prettiest Picture This Week
My biggest surprise in the garden this year is the blooming of this rhododendron — 1st time in 3 years!
The first year, I kept looking at those little buds–always green & tightly closed–hoping they’d open to show a glimpse of colour. Maybe I should have pruned it, but even with its weird, little shape, I didn’t want to trim any branches that had green leaves & buds with potential.
Full of dead branches, I broke off a few of them. Of course, Lady was right there to grab them for chewing & playtime.
I guess I was too slow for her, because Lady decided she’d skip the middle-man [me] & prune the tree herself — chomping the dead branches completely off.
Other than a little bit of Miracle Grow fertilizer, that was pretty well all the care it got that first year.
It was pretty obvious it needed pruning. But, again, it had little buds starting — surely they’d awake this year.
But, no, the buds stayed green & the entire plant lost any shape while branches grew uncontrolled. With a lack of greenery in the centre, it was looking quite straggly indeed.
Did I prune it that fall? No, it stayed green throughout winter while I vowed to give it more care in 2013.
So, without pruning or even fertilizer recommended to help rhodos bloom, imagine my surprise, as we entered June this year, when I noticed this:
COLOUR ! ! !
There was actually delicate petals of colour popping out of those buds — after years of only green.
After that, the colour has simply kept coming with beautiful rhodo flowers & new growth everywhere on this baby.
Hmmm, not sure how this happened but certainly glad it did. 😎