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Spring Is Here

Cujo359's picture

It's spring in the Pacific Northwest, so I thought we should take a break from hard science and just stop to enjoy the flowers. I saw these at one of the local gas stations today. At first, the flowers looked like azaleas to me, but when I looked at the leaves and the structure of the plants, it seemed pretty clear that they were rhododendrons. Both flowers tend to be among the first perennials to bloom here. So we'll call them rhodies, though opposing viewpoints are welcome.

More importantly, they're magenta:

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Image credit: Photos taken and processed slightly by Cujo359

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Here's a closeup that includes buds, flowers, and leaves:

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As always, click on the pictures to enlarge.

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LD's picture
Submitted by LD on

Just lovely those Rhodies. Don't see enough of those down here. Thanks!

LD's picture
Submitted by LD on

Just wow! Especially the purple Rhododendron augustinii on your website. There is a Rhodie section in the Golden Gate Park in SF, but the climate isn't as naturally conducive to them as Seattle's is. Thanks again.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

I love the Pac NW in the spring. The rhodies are everywhere. Riotous displays of color.