Sunday, March 4, 2012

Marching into March

EARLY LAST WEEK WE had a nice little snow storm. I'm thinking it was the weather gods defying the fact that it's almost March. You know, like trying to let us know who's boss. Fortunately the plants were no worse for the wear. Linnie of Women Who Run With Delphiniums fame lives not too far from me and also experienced the snowstorm. She even has a few really pretty photos she took before it melted. On her latest post she also has photos of a sweet little pink flower blooming in her garden right now. She defined it as Rhododendron cilpinense which was a huge help to me since I've been wondering what that pink beauty is called that blooms in my neck of the woods. Thanks to Linnie, I can now be on the lookout for it should space open up in my garden.  

Below are photos I took today. Although I'm not a huge Rhodie fan, I love this one. See if you don't agree. 




The snow gods aren't finished, apparently. It looks like we could get another blast of snow on Tuesday. Lovely. 
As always, 

24 comments:

Bernie H said...

It certainly is a very pretty pink! The display on the shrub covered in blooms is just stunning.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a beautiful pink rhodie! Those must be the same ones I've seen blooming now here. Every year I notice some that bloom way ahead of the rest.
They are saying snow tomorrow here :(

Gatsbys Gardens said...

This is just gorgeous! Mine have buds but are nowhere ready to bloom.

Eileen

Darla said...

That's a gorgeous one Gracie. I just imagine a spot will be opening in your garden for one! SNOW?

HeatherF1 said...

Of course I just moved around a few things in the yard, plus planted some, as well.
When I watched the news last night I was like, "Really?!"
I was looking at your garden pictures yesterday for some "inspiration."

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

I've always wondered what the name of those early pink rhodies are, so thank you! I'm not digging the cool weather we've been having. Sunday was such a treat with mild temps, it gave me hope that spring just might be around the corner.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Pink rhodies...wow. I think it needs to find a home in MY garden!

Kathleen said...

It's PINK! Of course it's one to love!! ;-) Your images are wonderful.
I hear you on the snow thing. It doesn't want to give up here yet either. Trying to stay positive...

Jess said...

Yep, extremely gorgeous, must say.

Lona said...

I think it is just beautiful Grace. I love Rhodies though. That one is just loaded. Yes you must find room for that pink one in your pink garden. LOL!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Well, those weather people were right! We had snow this morning. It's melted already! Pink (and any other) blooms are my therapy during these miserable cold gray days! Stay warm Grace!

ricki 'sprig to twig' said...

Love the snow, but I'm THROUGH with it for this year.

Wendy said...

whoa!! All those blooms on that thing!

david wofford said...

Wow. This is very nice ma'am. I like these to be put in my garden. Do you have other sources that talk about detailed information about growing this flower? In addition, as a butterfly lover, do you have an idea on what butterflies that this flower specifically attract?

David Wofford
Just click here for attracting butterflies and butterfly flowers

linniew said...

Wow that's an enormous bush-- Mine is still little but now I see it's worth the wait. Thanks so much for the link to my blog! Sun today Gracie :)

Anna said...

No snow here but the skies threw out some hail yesterday. Not a huge fan either but a most pretty rhodie and no doubt the pinkness appealed to you :)

Casa Mariposa said...

What a gorgeous rhodie!! I have one teeny rhodie that is actually a rooted branch from a rhodie that died a while back. Big brazen shrubs like this are such a welcome jolt from winter that every one should have at least one that screams SPRING!! :o)

Shyrlene said...

May I just sit and envy your Rhododendron for a while?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Gracie girl I think we are both PINK obsessed !!! That is a gorgeous rhodo and it makes me love seeing how BIG pink can get for us ? .. I am very excited about Blossomtime (I think I may have actually thought it gave up the ghost by mistake that Spring I dug it up .. another OOPS !) but this time I am going to pamper all of my rose girls .. I see White Licorice Rose sold out at Botanus , so I am VERY glad I got mine in .. I may again next year .. it seems I am going rose crazy ? LOL
It is a bright sunny day after all that rain and wind we had .. a bit cold .. a dusting of snow BUT beautiful and sunny and we have to run errnds and pick up a few things .. so I am going to get ready to get out into the world today, my famous writer friend ! wink wink
Joy : )
PS .. sorry about that hideous song playing in our heads girl !LOL

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Look at all those blooms! They are your color, aren't they?

I saw on a big weather map today, that we are warmer here in Nebraska than you were. I hope your snow is melting.

jeansgarden said...

Grace, I'm very partial to the softer colors of rhododendrons. I have a pale pink one in colors similar to this in my garden. I don't know what variety it is; it was dug from the Massachusetts woods by my mother's next door neighbor. All I know is that it is perfectly happy to grow and bloom profusely each year in sandy soil and full sun. I have another one that is a little temperamental, but when it does bloom it has white flowers tinged with pink and with a pale yellow blotch. I love them both. -Jean

bakingbarb said...

Oddly enough I am not a huge rhodie fan, the 2 in our yard were huge and overgrown and now are trimmed way back BUT I do look forward to that mass of blooms. This pink one is a lovely one and I can see why you love it.
I do like the native ones growing wild but I rarely see such a site.

Sissy said...

Grace, what a beauty that is, although I've never seen a Rhodie I did not like. Such a fabulous specimen, there isn't a bare spot to be seen!

The Bama Gardener said...

I love all those nice pink blooms. I can't believe it is blooming from top to bottom with so little space between blooms. Wow!