Every year is different. Sometimes the tulips are magnificent, never before as beautiful. Sometimes not. While there are always disastrous weather events that affect the floral display, somehow there are also shining moments of delirious delight with something else. This year it is the deciduous azaleas, Rhododendron ssp., native species and hybrids that are breaking records of ravishing. Above: Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’, firing on all buds.
The bloom always begins with Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’, seen above on the left, with R. ‘Mandarin Lights’ and R. ‘Primrose’. (There is a page on the sidebar dedicated to these favorites, my signature plants. Click here to see it.)
The blooming is normally spread over several weeks, with early, mid and late bloomers as is the case with so many things. But not 2012, which will be forever known as the year of *fire all of your buds at once*, a take on the *Steppenwolf song “Born To Be Wild” which includes the memorable line *Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space*. Above: Rhododendron ‘Arneson Gem’.
That is what is happening here. It is the grand finale of a fireworks display where they shoot off everything they’ve got at once for a big bang. Above: Rhododendron ‘Mount St. Helens’ fore, Rhododendron aromi ‘Pink Carousel’ behind.
We danced like shooting fireworks to this, miniskirts hiked up, wrecking our stockings as the high heels got kicked into space. Like a true nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild….