We’ve got rhodies! Four of them. And I’ve been excited for them to bloom. I’ve never had a rhododendron on any property I’ve lived and I was a little nervous about these. I read a release from the Cooperative Extension program at UNH that said most rhododendrons are too tender for New England weather. I also read about possible problems: Black Vine Weevil, sawflies, root rot, Petal Blight and Powdery Mildew.
Well, our variety must be a hardy one. All four of the rhodies are healthy and just beginning to bloom. I have no ID on the species, but, I’m thinking it could be Catawba (R. catawbiense), an evergreen that is about 7′ tall. Blooms have brownish speckles in the throat and, boy, are the blooms showy and huge! Yes, it’s magic around this yard right now.