A Rhododendron with Lavender Curly and Delicate Petals

Below is another one of my older rhododendrons. 🙂

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This rhododendron is a lovely lavender just as another one I have.  This one has more curly and delicate petals.  The darker purple are the little buds getting ready to explode! 🙂

Oh, when I clipped it from the bush to bring in for my provocations, I noticed something dark moving!  Sure enough it was a moth that was slumbering inside one of the small flowers towards the center.  I quickly, and I mean quickly ran back outside and shook it out.  I was careful, because my intent was not to hurt the little bug, but to get it off the flower and not in the school! 🙂  And of course, I really am not that big a fan of bugs.

school pics 044  The second picture I took with the flash off.  Sometimes my old camera will think it needs more light, when in fact it may not.  I kind of prefer natural light to a flash when possible.

I had trimmed a good deal off of this plant last year and earlier this year pulled some nasty blackberry vines out from underneath the bush.  Now my poor old Rhododendron is much happier.  If you can tell with these two pictures, the leaves do not have those yellow dots. 🙂

If you have a rhododendron like this one or similar please share!  I would love to see pictures and read your thoughts on these lovely flowering bushes. 🙂


Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning


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The above picture is of my red rhododendron.  About two years ago I trimmed it way back and it came back strong and healthy the next year, however this year it seems to have a problem.  The leaves have a spotted yellow color instead of the nice solid green.  Does anyone else have this issue with rhododendrons?   My rhododendron shrubs are all older plants, yet I’ve always heard they can live super long if they have proper fertilization and care.

The whole bush is blooming strong with really nice large flowers, but it just looks unhealthy to me.  If there is an organic fertilizer that is better for this type of flower please let me know in the comments. 🙂

I would love to have students enjoy the flowers disease free if possible. 🙂



Thank you so much I appreciate any advice on this subject! 🙂

Heidi, The Marigold School of Early Learning 


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I always forget how quickly spring flowers come and how in one blink they can be gone.  I ran outside to capture one of my favorite rhododendrons in my yard.  I don’t know the name of this one.  I love the violet color! 

If anyone has a favorite color please share! 🙂  Also, I may do a post on how I set up a fun provocation for preschool aged children using rhododendrons and other lovely flowers. 🙂