The flowers on my desk this week are individual rhododendron blooms floating on water.

Rhodo-flowers-in-bowl

This particular shrub is probably about 20 years old and intrigues me in May every year.  Its buds start out a bold rich pink colour

Rhodo-in-bud

but as they open they fade to a very pale cream (I think it’s Rhododendron Unique)

Faded-rhodo

The large rhodo behind flowered a couple of weeks ago and has pretty markings on its white petals.  I prefer its more open habit.

Earlier-rhodo

While taking photos this morning I spotted the red-tailed bumble bee again.  Unless I keep seeing the same one, they are the bee of the month here in my Malvern garden.

Red-tailed-bumble-bee

Have you seen any in yours?

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