I can't believe how many plants have burst into bloom while I have been away at the show for the past four days.  It was hard to choose one for my vase today. 

I decided on this rhododendron, but I'm afraid I don't know its name. (If you do please tell me).

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I have just caught it in time as some of the flowers are starting to droop.  It's a really large shrub now and dominates a steep bank in my garden.

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It looks very blousy at first glance, with its large heads of flowers, but close-up the blooms are very delicate.  I love the crinkled edges to the petals and the pretty green flecking.

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Lovely!

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Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire has a magnificent collection of over 800 rhodos and has this year identified some rare species, which hit the news last week.

In Scotland I understand Glendoick Gardens is the place to go.  They apparently have five Rhododendron groups, which make up two National Collections.

When we used to live in the south the National Trust's Sheffield Park Gardens and Wakehurst Place Gardens (also known as Kew's 'country garden') were awash with colour at this time of year.

Let me know where your favourite collections are.

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