Imagine I am opening a silver coloured envelope now ready to announce second place in this years “PPOTY” awards…

Second place and the silver award go to:-

Rhododendron arboreum subsp. Delavayi var. delavayi

Bit of a mouth full and a late entry for us in the RHS main Rhododendron show held at RHS Rosemoor. But worth it! Our entry won in its class and the Mc Claren cup for species Rhododendron the last time Trewithen won this cup was with George Johnstone back in 1937.

Our shrub has a deep crimson flower truss on top of a tall singular trunk, it took a ladder and a stretch to pick some flowers but well worth the effort.

First place will be announced tomorrow.