When we bought our house almost 9 years ago, we discovered a Rhododendron wrapped in ivy in our back yard. We uncovered it, and a couple of years later we were thrilled to see blooms. A little research leads me to believe it's a Rhododendron 'Catawbiense Grandiflorum'. These plants are common in my neighborhood, blooming just as the azaleas are fading.
Ours has grown both in size and in number of blooms. It's a welcome plant both summer and winter, with it's evergreen foliage and bright Spring blooms.
But to really appreciate its beauty you need to look more closely.
|Do you see the bee?|
Don't you love the graceful progression from bud to flower?
I'd love to think that as we age we open up with great beauty the way flowers do.