13 May 2011

Blooming Rhododendrons: Fertilizer Friday

We have been enjoying some deliciously warm days lately and survived two blustery days, Wednesday and Thursday.  Last night, as the wind roared through the streets and yard, I caught site of someone's downspout blowing down the street.  The garbage can on the deck had to be weighted down as it refused to stay upright in the wind and the poor dogs were uptight, barking at every noise.  The gusts ranged from 20 to 50-70km/hr, blowing everything and making such a noise.  I thought the dogs would never settle down.

This morning, as I stood out on the back deck, surveying the damage, which was minimal, I noticed the rhododendron is beginning to flower.  These photos were taken around 7:30 this morning.  I expect by the end of the day, they will be fully opened.


How delightful!!  Spring is finally here!  I think I said that earlier in another post, but I am so happy it is that I just have to say it again and again!  Spring has arrived in Edmonton!!  woot!

I am flaunting my flowers with Glenda at Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday, first time in a long time. 

16 comments:

Mel Cole said...

Loved those kind of flowers, they look like wedding bouquets when they bloom. :) Hope to see you in my Fertilizer Friday post here.

Beth said...

Your rhododendron are looking pretty! Isn't spring wonderful?
Blessings, Beth

Dragonfly Treasure said...

We have been having terrible wind here too. Your rhododendron looks so happy! Have a great weekend!
*hugs*deb

Paula said...

Wow I love these flowers - it gets too cold here to grow them, thanks for sharing these today!
Paula from Idaho
http://bucketideasforgardening.blogspot.com/

One said...

Deliciously warm days? Oh! How I envy you. We have desert-like hot, burning, dry days. Spring would never arrive in a tropical country.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

So beautiful! Spring works wonders to the senses through the colors of flowers.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

I've become your new follower and like you, I love reading, writing, and gardening. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristin said...

Interesting to see how your Rhodos are doing,such a difference from the west coast of BC where they bloomed two weeks ago. Amazing how different our climates are.

Greenearth said...

What beautiful colors. What a joy to see spring bring your rhododendron to life.

Zinnia said...

Vilket väder ni haft! Hos mig regnar det extremt mycket. Det verkar aldrig ta slut. Vilken trevlig surprise att din rhododendron börjat blomma. Det är det som är så spännande denna tid på året. Alltid händer det något.Önskar dig en skön helg! Zinnia

Carla said...

What healthy looking bushes!! Bud just about to bust!

Sandy said...

It makes me smile when all of you up North finally gets some Sun and Warmth.. so cold in the winters.. Me, well it's been in the 90's for about a month now and feels like were living in the swamp...lol
Happy Spring!
Sandy

Dirt Princess said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see them in full bloom. I have alwasy loved them

Porch Days said...

Isn't Spring like a tonic after a long winter. Enjoy! Nancy H

Icy BC said...

They will be wonderful when all blooms!

Sheila said...

Yes - Spring is here in all it's glory - finally. Now if only these winds would stop. We have a sky filled with smoke from the southeast here. It's wonderful to see that your rhododendron has bloomed. I would love to plant one. Do you have any suggestions?

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