Tag archive for  ‘Rhododendron’
By David Gaines On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Weathering the Mid-March Ice Storm

Just a week away from the official start of spring, and we experience an ice storm.  Go figure. Girards Saybrook Glory Azaleas Rhododendron Doublefile More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Review/Preview of Plant Life Around the Abode

Just when the weather was acting like it was time to put away our winter clothes, today was a reminder that it’s still winter.  And with the drop in temperature, with a howling wind to go with it, More...

By David Gaines On Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Rhododendrons Survive Leaf-Clipping Job; Persian Lilac Not So Much; New Plants Added

Earlier this month I clipped a ton of damaged leaves from the smaller of the two Rhododendron bushes.  Later I did the same for the larger of bush.  I thought I went a bit overboard, literally clipping More...

By David Gaines On Monday, April 4th, 2016

Rhododendron Gets a Serious Clipping

To a certain degree, planting plants and caring for them isn’t that bad.  There’s something rewarding in it, when everything grows.  And then there’s also something frustrating in it, More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Another Dead Rhododendron; Update on the Other Plants on the Side of the House

Well, two out of three isn’t too bad. The first time I ever in my life planted a real live plant, it was an absolute failure. I knew nothing about planting plants. Since it wasn’t a cheap plant, I didn’t More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Rhododendron Flowers Actually Blossoming

After several attempts and a level of patience I wasn’t sure if I’d have, looks like the rhododendrons are going to make it. Not only are they growing, they’re also blooming. When I More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Rhododendrons, Japanese Pieris Appear To Be Doing Well

Yet another check up on the plants on the side of the house. The Japanese Pieris seem to be doing well. They’ve sprouted some new leaves, though those were the leaves that were about to sprout when I bought More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Adding New Plants (Japanese Pieris) and Checking Up on Old Plants

Well, the rhododendron has died. Well, it’s been dead, but I’m finally sending it on its way. In its place, though, I got these new plants. Shade tolerant. Evergreen. Just different. These are called More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, August 30th, 2014
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Checking Up on the Rhododendrons

Well, checking up on the rhododendrons, looks like good news and bad news. The new ones look like they’re going to make it. New leaves are coming out. The leaves are thick, strong, healthy looking. I’m More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, July 13th, 2014
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Two More New Rhododendrons Added

I’m just going to go out on a limb and assume the new planter bulb out won’t kill the rhododendron plants. When laying the soil, I added some plant food for rhododendron plants, some soil specifically More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Another Rhododendron In The New Planter Area

Not easily discouraged, and in no way going to accept not having plants on the side of the house after tearing out all the previous plants, I got another rhododendron for the new bulb out planter while the original More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Third Time a Charm for the Rhododendron Plant?

The rhododendron didn’t do well in its new location either. Leaves were shriveling. So I dug it up once again, knowing it creates shock to the roots but it’s dying anyway. I put it in a temporary pot More...

By David Gaines On Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Got a Rhododendron Plant for Side of the House

I literally have never planted anything in my life. Other than some marigold bulbs in the 3rd grade for a class project. And they died when I didn’t know I was supposed to put them in soil once they sprouted. But, More...