23 May 2012

The English Rhododendron Season

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

There is a magical window of time in England 
when the bluebells and rhododendrons
bloom simultaneously

This stunning world-famous Rothschild Collection of 
rhododendrons and azaleas is at Exbury Gardens,
a spectacular 200 acre garden in The New Forest, Hampshire

Lovers of mild, wet climates and acidic soil,
rhoddies are very happy in England

The wisteria is in bloom now too
Interestingly, Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) climbs clockwise 
while Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) climbs anti-clockwise

Plant explorers were crazy for rhododendrons in the early part of the twentieth century
which coincided with Lionel de Rothschild's creation of his woodland garden in 1919

The rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal

Many of the plants found by plant hunters still can be seen in Exbury Gardens today

This is me wearing my happy face

- all photos by me -
More info: Exbury Gardens


likeschocolate said...

We walked through St. James last week and the Rhoddies were out. So pretty!

Sandra said...

Beautiful shots of English gardens...nice to see you talking about nature again! LOL!
I'm so glad you're getting around to see all beautiful and different gardens. Those water features are stunning and I agree, the bluebells and rhododendrons and azaleas blooming together take a lot of beating! All beautiful captures - and I love the reflections!

Ailsa (Topaz Magpie Jewellery) said...

There's an almost secret National Trust woody bit by the river near here with lots of rhododendrons - it's been a joy walking there the last couple of weeks.

Tina @ Girl Meets Globe said...

Another place to add to my list of things to do when we move there! =) Beautiful!!

Sunray Gardens said...

The color combinations are beautiful. What a wonderful place to visit.

Cher Sunray Gardens

miss b said...

What stunning photos - our dwarf rhododendrons and azaleas are now in bloom but not the wisteria! Interesting that the Chinese and Japanese wisteria grow differently.


Jane said...

How divine, Laura. I always treasure your floral posts, you clever girl! J x

Joyce said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Oh you are making me homesick!!! beautiful, beautiful pictures - the rhoddies are out here in the Northeast US at the moment too - aren't they gorgeous :)
Mary x

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely magical! really beautiful!

Robyn said...

Beautiful! Homesick...

Natalie said...

Beautiful! Great photography! This is one of the things I miss when we're not in England for a spring visit with the in-laws.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, I'd love to know about that secret spot - do share :)

ann said...

I like your happy face! The colors are spectacular.

Privet and Holly said...

OOH, I love rhodies!
They remind me of
my childhood days in
the Pacific NW, where
they thrive, since the
climate is so similar
to the U.K.

Loks like you are
enjoying a lovely spring,

xo Suzanne

Pom Pom said...

Hi Laura!
Your photos are pretty as a painting! It's raining in Denver today, so that means my peonies are getting a big drink before they burst into puffs of lovely!

greenthumb said...

I would have a happy face also, those gardens and flowers are so amazing, its cold and wet here today.

Iota said...

I don't think I've ever seen bluebells and rhododendrons together. I wonder why not?

Marie Dee said...

Sounds a lovely season, isn't it?

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for sharing all that gorgeousness! I'm looking out my window at a bit of a sandstorm today so I appreciate your pretty blooms xo

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, that sounds like an adventure - I'd love to see photos of that!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Loving it!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love peonies :) Happy rainy day!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Beautiful, but that last shot of the reflection is stunning!!! I first saw rhododendrons in Portland, OR last year. Oh, my, what an explosion of color.

dkmart said...

Oh, Laura...such gorgeous, enviable photos! I keep staring at them, half-expecting to see little fairies flitting about.
Once again, you have managed to make me daydream of England...all...day...long.
Much love,