Thursday, June 10, 2010

And You Thought Things Only Grew Big in Texas

Between my house and most everywhere else I go there is a lovely old home on a corner lot. The house gives me pleasure because of its' simplicity and because it has been kept up well (more than can be said for our property currently I'm sorry to say). But in the spring and early summer I am in awe of a rhododendron that grows next to the house. In fact, one could be concerned that the bush will eventually overtake the house:

Did you notice that the rhodie is taller than the roof of the porch? Both of those pinkish-purplish humps behind the utility pole and in front of the conifer are rhododendron. Here's another view:

Is that amazing or what?! It makes me wonder how long it has been growing in that spot. Here's a cropped shot from the corner again:

And another from straight on:

If I were six years old how I would love to try to get under that bush and make a secret playhouse for myself. I would love to walk around it now, if that's even possible, just to get a better look and to marvel at it. I'm not generally a big fan of rhodie's, state flower of WA or not, but this one commands respect!

On another note, I am thrilled to report that I have heard not one peep from the lab next door this morning. I don't know if someone is home with him/her today or what, I'm just inexpressibly grateful for the silence.


  1. WOW, huge and look at all of those blooms! When I was little my grandmother had a hedge that grew along side the house, and it formed this little "cave" right off of the side porch. I fondly recall many an afternoon tea party out under that hedge...

  2. Wow, that is the biggest rhodie I've ever seen! And the blossoms are incredible too! If it were mine, I'd be afraid to prune it might fight back!

    Glad to hear the dog is quiet today. What a nuisance! I wonder if you could report the dog as a nuisance and have it do any good??

    I don't know what day your birthday is, but I hope you have a good one!

    Sorry to hear that you're having mulitple exposures this week. That makes for a long, tough week. I hope you recover soon. Don't worry about venting on your blog. . .it IS your blog, and life is both good and bad. I marvel at how much you accomplish in spite of life being difficult sometimes. (too many times) You have a good attitude overall. Who knows, you may be an inspiration to someone!

  3. Super! Years ago my husband took me to the Huntington Library just to walk among the towering rhodendrons when they were blooming

  4. That's one special rhodie. I admire your ability to think like a six year old. More of us should practice doing that.

    I hope you're doing well.


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