The RHS are using a Rhdodendron on their Chelsea flower show catalogue for the first time this year and forgetting that it’s the Chinese year of the rabbit/hare. Trewithen has classed this year as “The year of the Rhododendron”.
Last years wet June and July suited our Rhododendron perfectly. In their native habitat they set their flowers buds during the rainy season or as we now like to call it “Early summer!!!” coupled with the cold winter this season is amazing.
We are seeing plants that have rarely flowered, or at best sparsely flowered, come into glorious full bloom. Every day we find new plants in flower. By reducing internal hedges in height throughout the garden, sometimes removing them completely, we have opened up vistas and views to plants that simply didn’t exist 12-18 months ago.
From species wild collected by the great plant hunters to modern new hybrids Rhododendron are looking fabulous this season.