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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Aigle » May 30, 2009 12:29 pm

Love lt. Sharon, you have inspired me. I just bought a small one for a new bed and will give Rhodies a shot. I have no expeirnce with them and have only seen very sad examples in Toronto but I'm in one of the few parts of the city that does not have clay.

Fingers crossed, if this little one does well I have a whole untended back portion of the yard which is still unplanned. :)
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby DonnaZn2SK » May 31, 2009 12:28 am

Very impressive display, Sharon!

Canadian Tire had rhododendrons for sale (they looked like yours)...not sure they'd be hardy here though. Are there any that would survive zone 2 or 3?

I'm curious, which do you prefer: rhodos or azaleas?
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Sharon Bryson » May 31, 2009 8:57 am

Are there any that would survive zone 2 or 3?

I'm curious, which do you prefer: rhodos or azaleas?

Hi Donna:
Zone 2 -3 is a challenge to any of the hardiest rhodies and azaleas.
The Northern Lights series azaleas are the toughest., but may still need heroic efforts out your way.

I don't think we prefer azaleas as opposed to rhodies....they fulfill different roles.
We have had quite a difficult season....two very bad late frosts have "done in " many blooms and opening buds. That, coupled with a winter cold spell quite beyond our "normals", has meant a lot of blasted flower buds.
We lost a lot of tender new growth on many things ,(like Magnolias & even some trees)but hope they will recover.
I have been trying to look elsewhere all week!

Cheers
Sharon
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby DonnaZn2SK » Jun 01, 2009 1:50 am

Sharon,
Do the plants make a full recovery in future years if the buds are damaged?

We had such a weird Spring; very cold up until a couple of days ago. I finally got my vegetable garden planted, normally it would go in by May long weekend.

Why do some stores sell plants that are obviously not winter hardy for the area? In the past, Canadian Tire have had Japanese maples for sale here. I was there today and I saw pots of Porcelain Vine, which I know is not a Zone 2 plant.
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Sharon Bryson » Jun 01, 2009 8:19 am

Do the plants make a full recovery in future years if the buds are damaged?

Hi Donna:
The plants will usually not suffer much damage, so having flower buds destroyed is an enforced pruning, and an aggravation to the grower!
I guess it is "buyer beware" when puchasing plants that are "iffy". Most reputable nurseries are getting more and more conscious of what will do well.
Canadian Tire should be forbidden from selling plants!

BTW....I would try Pocelaine Vine over Japanese Maple in your area....they are quite tough. The aerial parts can die, and there will still be growth originating from the bottom.
I haven't looked to see what rating it actually has.
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby joan w » Jun 01, 2009 8:19 am

Your rhodies are a welcome yearly event. Each time I appreciate their beauty anew.
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Sharon Bryson » Jun 01, 2009 12:58 pm

Your rhodies are a welcome yearly event

Hi Joan:
We have had a nasty bloom week, but I must go out and see what is new and exciting.....many of last weeks' blooms were "frosted".
I think the week of earliness has had some deleterious results!
Cheers
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Smitty » Jun 01, 2009 1:03 pm

Smitty butting in here with porcelain vine hardy info..I have one started from a seed from Sharon. it sits on the west fence right beside the road. gets the full north winter winds coming down the street . plus road salt and sand. but it does get 3 feet of snow banked on it . it's been there 6 years now.
as for the rhodies and azaleas...maybe you have a little micro climate?? protected from winter by fencing or lots of leaves and snow?? I have an azalea also from Sharon bloomed liked crazy this year also been there 6 years now. I'd give it a try if'n I was you :)
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Sharon Bryson » Jun 01, 2009 5:46 pm

I have an azalea also from Sharon bloomed liked crazy this year also been there 6 years now.

Any pics?
Cheers
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Re: Rhodies are popping

Postby Sally » Jun 01, 2009 10:33 pm

WOW!!!
How I envy the view you must have from your house at this time
of the year.
I am not much of a golf fan but I always look forward to the Masters
in Atlanta to see the rhodies and azaleas up on the hills under the trees.
This year they were somewhat skimpy. Yours would have done them proud.
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