Rhododendrons do not appeal to everyone as I have discovered since writing this blog, but the small number I have suit their locations well and provide me with a degree of pleasure at certain times of year, particularly Rhododendron ‘Cheer’ which is shown above. Like Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ it tends to flower as and when it chooses which can be from December onwards, with stray flowers appearing periodically before or after a main flush. It is certainly a very welcome sight if it appears before Christmas, but is nonetheless still perfectly at home amongst the wood anemones and fritillaries in the woodland at the end of March.
Last week I asked if any bloggers would like an informal gathering in London at the beginning of Chelsea week and have had a few expressions of interest and a few apologies for potential absence. To finer tune a this possible get-together, I am proposing Monday 22nd May and would like an idea of where any takers would like to meet. I had wondered about trying to arrange a group visit to an NGS garden but trying to find one that would open for an unidentified number of us on that particular day might be like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. The National Garden Museum has not yet re-opened (but might it be before May?) and there is also the option of Kew Gardens. Any other suggestions or preferences would be welcomed, along with any definite/maybe notifications.