Weekend 77: Rhododendron

This morning I told Kate about my plan to visit Rhododendron section in arboretum and I managed and I am really happy about it as it’s going to rain tomorrow and as per our weather forecast department we might see more snow on Monday.

weekend77_1Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington. It is is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family. I am sure I have seen more than 100 plants/shrubs and I found it difficult to see the exact difference between two similar plants with similar colour. All were gorgeous.

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All the parts of Rhododendrons are dangerous, especially leaves, showing symptoms of Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death. Honey made from the nectar of Rhododendron flowers is also toxic and should not be consumed.

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Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from “true” rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower. I wanted to see the Christopher Wren Mollis Hybrid Azalea (the above bud). The Mollis deciduous azalea hybrids were developed in Belgium. These are orange azaleas which were yet to bloom. They might be ready in next couple of days.

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It was good to see many smiling faces.

Weather and the flowers change human behaviour in a good way.

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None the less, I enjoyed the beauties today and was quite surprised seeing various shades of blue. Each one was different yet more gorgeous than others.

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Rhododendrons are referred to as the King of Shrubs since they are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape

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Jo’s Monday Walk

For more information:

https://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/rhododendron

46 thoughts on “Weekend 77: Rhododendron

  1. I’m so very glad you got there Rupali, lovely bright shots and can feel your mood lifting!

    I have watched Tibetans scramble up steep mountain slopes and rock hop like a mountain goat to pick these … it’s a favourite with them 🙂

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  2. Nothing can rival the beauty of nature. But I’ve read in a book (or probably also seen it on nature TV) that it isn’t just plant that influence human moods it’s also the other way around. Like how the flowers know if the person next to them likes them or not.

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    1. Wow, in that case these flowers has so many to choose from.
      This might be true about the caretakers. Since visitors are there for very short time.
      Thank you Jessica for taking interest.

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      1. You think I haven’t? I’m hurt 😭 I’ve been coming in and out of Spain since 2004 and living here most of the year. My picture albums are full pictures from parks and garden…

        Speaking of garden, if you haven’t yet, you should visit Jardín Huerto del Cura of Elche. The have amazing plants and collection of flowers.

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      2. OMG, Jessica please don’t cry, suddenly it has started raining a lot here. Who knows the God is getting mad at me. Please take a tissue 😀
        Apart from jokes, could you please suggest some places in Madrid?

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      3. If you want a free entry place El Retiro Park is perfect and family friendly. They got picnic area and you can hire boat to explore the lake and they have a beautiful rose garden.

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  3. Oh! How wonderful! They are blanketing the earth with their beauty! Glad you could capture their “portraits” and share them with us, Ruapli!
    Good weather, lovely nature, and YOU always bring us smiles! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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