Sunday, July 02, 2006
Rhododendron x fortunei "Cadis"
This is my latest Rhodo to begin to flower each year, and usually is not near as good a show as this year. It's a marginal plant in my zone and often has a lot of winter-killed buds, but I find it worth growing because the species R fortunei is a tree rather than a shrub, and because it is one of the few Rhodos with fragrant flowers which is at all hardy enough for my region. And what a great fragrance, too.
Photo from 26 June, when this plant was in peak bloom. It's still loaded with blossoms today.