It was a pleasure to see rhododendrons in flower at Wisley during the week, as how many times do we visit gardens with rhododendrons but out of their usual season? This seems to be particularly true when we go up to Mum’s which never seems to coincide with Argyll’s rhododendron season. After the dry summer last year I have been expecting less of a show with our relatively immature examples, but the first bud on ‘Firelight’ is opening and there must be at least a dozen more; ‘Percy Wiseman’ is similarly endowed so we have many joys to come.
An earlier and tinier joy, however, is R ‘Wren’ in the rockery, no more than 6″ in height and spread, and rather more of a pale creamy yellow than the picture suggests:
The recent rhododendron acquisition, bought alongside the addition to the witch hazel collection a few weeks ago, is surprisingly in full bloom and looking a little big for its boots with large red flowers on its still petite frame in the woodland, a 3 or 4″ tall ‘Scarlet Wonder’. Fully grown it will not reach much more than a metre (excuse the mixed units!):
Definitely contenders for the ‘midget gems’ category are these little beauties in one of the ceramic sinks on the paved area – aren’t they gorgeous? Good things certainly come in small packages, as I am frequently told….