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.

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