E.J.Wilkins

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Rhododendron Flower

This variety of Rhododendron is rather wonderful when you think about it. It is is big, blowsy and brash when seen from a distance, and a delight of natural engineering when looked at more closely.

The florets open one at a time, continuing until from a distance the flower head resembles a small blancmange. The way they open makes sure there's always a fresh food supply for pollinating insects.

The flower head is carried proudly at the end of a stem above leaves that droop downwards. The buds point upwards, but once open the individual florets point downwards. Perhaps this stops rain collecting inside the flower, perhaps it provides a better landing platform for bumble bees.
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Picture taken at Exbury Gardens, 29th March 2009. The gardens at Exbury cover 200 acres.
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This particular plant may be the result of the one of the 1,200 rhododendron crosses carried out by Mr Lionel de Rothschild from 1920 onwards. (Read more - here on the Exbury website - or  - here, an article by Paul Martin, who was Head Gardener of Exbury -
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Spring Blooms


Rhododendron Flower

This variety of Rhododendron is rather wonderful when you think about it. It is is big, blowsy and brash when seen from a distance, and a delight of natural engineering when looked at more closely.

The florets open one at a time, continuing until from a distance the flower head resembles a small blancmange. The way they open makes sure there's always a fresh food supply for pollinating insects.

The flower head is carried proudly at the end of a stem above leaves that droop downwards. The buds point upwards, but once open the individual florets point downwards. Perhaps this stops rain collecting inside the flower, perhaps it provides a better landing platform for bumble bees.
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Picture taken at Exbury Gardens, 29th March 2009. The gardens at Exbury cover 200 acres.
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This particular plant may be the result of the one of the 1,200 rhododendron crosses carried out by Mr Lionel de Rothschild from 1920 onwards. (Read more - here on the Exbury website - or  - here, an article by Paul Martin, who was Head Gardener of Exbury -
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comments (12)

They also have a wide range of beautiful colours. Really beautiful and useful plants in a garden.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Apr 2009, 02:42
You've captured every part of it to perfection Ellie
  • dotun
  • Maryland, US
  • 7 Apr 2009, 03:06
you do these very well.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Apr 2009, 03:40
Nice flower pic, Ellie.

Lovely little Ode to a Rhododendron posted with it, too.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2009, 09:18
lovely colours and such a nice shot of the flower's
Just wonderful Ellie.
These are beautiful impressive flowers, and this photo certainly does justice to them. I love your description, I had never realised just how complicated they are. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2009, 11:42
Great photo of a proud flower
These are really beautiful flowers Ellie and it won't be long before they are back with us again. Although a way from you there is a lovely rhododendron and azalea garden just out side Matlock just here http://www.leagarden.co.uk/index.html which is worth a visit during the April/June period.
They make a wonderful sight in full bloom
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2009, 16:50
Beautiful. They are not ready to bloom here yet.
Very nicely shot. I am not usually into garden shots, but I also visited Exbury Gardens last year and loved the place!

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