Fall blooming rhododendron…???

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Hmmmm…why is this rhodo blooming in the last week of August?  Very peculiar.

Rhododendrons, of course, do extremely well in the shady, acidic soils of Vancouver Island. I was lucky to inherit 43 (!) NOID rhododendrons on this property…the blooms start early early in the spring and go on and on and on…one bush after the other. Glorious, really.  Here’s a throwback to last spring…

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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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