A few people asked about the big rhododendron in my post yesterday. I sort of purposely didn't tell my husband to put the flash on when he took my picture under it. I'm one of those people that hates having my picture taken. But this rhodie is looking so beautiful right now I thought I should give it the pictures it deserves.
When we bought this house 10 years ago this poor shrub barely had any blooms on it. I've worked very hard to bring it back to life. I've put compost around it and pruned all the dead branches out. A few years ago we took down the scraggly Aborvitae hedge that grew along the fence to the right of it. We also had the large cedar behind it limbed up so that we could get some more sun in our garden. All these things have helped it to put on its best show ever this year. It has been absolutely full of bumblebees. When I'm working in the garden near it I can hear a loud buzzing from them.
As you enter the side yard the purple flowers are hard to miss.
A perfect backdrop for the water garden. Lots of herbs and flowers are planted in the corner bed here.
I love the red inside, no wonder the bees love it so much.
Now I think these are much more flattering pictures!