THIS beautiful flower is what my youngest (12 yr old) daughter got me for Mother's Day. I've never owned a Rhododendron before so I've had to study up on them. This particular one is a County of York variety, which is a hybrid, and I've learned it can grow up to 18 FEET! Holy COW! I've never known a flower to be able to grow that big! Did you? do any of you own one of these types of rhodies, a County of York? does it actually get that tall and how much does it grow each year? I'm so curious. The hubs and I relocated a 2nd yr bush rose the other day that's at the side of the house (the opposite side of the cranky old man) where it should get the required amt of shade and sun, near the newly attached and working rain barrel (remember, it's the one that we bought over a yr ago? lol I got him to finally hook it up as a Mother's Day gift). Next to that, I'm planting 2 Japanese ferns. These ferns don't mind cold weather at all, thankfully, and will survive down to about 25 below if needed, so they're perfect for the midwest. I've told my youngest that she's given me a challenge, for I have no idea about rhodies, but that's a good thing, it keeps my gardening brain spinning. The white in this flower is stark, shining bright, solid WHITE! Whiter than my white heirloom rose even. Astounding. And, I have to water it each day! It literally takes a LOT of water. I've put an aqua-globe in it, but it drains it each day, so it doesn't matter if I do that or water it by hand.
Now, look at THIS beauty:
THIS is a Cinnamon Girl miniature rose, that stands at about 24". THIS is what my oldest (17 yr old) daughter gave me for Mother's Day. This photo really doesn't do this rose justice. I've GOT to get this girl planted because I just can't wait to watch her flourish. We'll be working on the garden extention hopefully next weekend. This rose will be along the fenceline of the new extension, as I have other roses along the fenceline of the current garden space. The roses I have now are longstem roses, one read, one pink, and 2 newly planted roses that have not established yet, but are in the pink family. When asked, my daughter said she picked this rose because it was a color unlike any that I have, and she's right. The creamy centers pop out at you like nothing you can imagine. Breathtaking.
I just had to share my Mother's Day gifts with everyone, I knew you'd enjoy seeing them. I know it's been a couple of weeks since then, but I've been a bit behind on everything. But no worries, I've not forgotten about my Lavender Cove, blog, eBay, OR Etsy. It'going strong, and the latter two will be up and running soon.