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A Perfect Spring Rhododendron by Marjorie Wallace

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Bellevue, Washington

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I was amazed to find this perfectly gorgeous Rhododendron at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. I don’t think I have ever seen one as beautiful as this since. It blooms in early May and I must remember to make a special trip to these gardens to see this one blooming again. The unusual ruffled edges with the deep pink colour make this one of my very favorites of all time.
The Rhododendron is the Washington State official flower.
This starts blooming the end of April and blooms well into May.

Both species and hybrid rhododendrons (including azaleas) are used extensively as ornamental plants in landscaping in many parts of the world, and many species and cultivars are grown commercially for the nursery trade. Rhododendrons are often valued in landscaping for their structure, size, flowers, and the fact that many of them are evergreen . Azaleas are frequently used around foundations and occasionally as hedges, and many larger-leafed rhododendrons lend themselves well to more informal plantings and woodland gardens, or as specimen plants. In some areas, larger rhododendrons can be pruned to encourage more tree-like form, with some species such as R. arboreum and R. falconeri eventually growing to 10-15 m or more tall.

Featured in NATURES WONDERS group ~ January 2009
Runner-up and in top ten for Rhodi, March Avatar, 2009
Featured in SPRING BLOOMS 2 PER DAY ~ 27 March 2009
Featured in RHODODENDRONS group ~3 April 2009
Featured in WELCOME TO WASHINGTON ~ 7 March 2010
Top Ten March challenge ~ Rhododendrons/Azaleas Group
Featured in A GARDEN SOMEWHERE… 4 Feb 2011

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Cameras and photography captured my interest years ago as a child with my little Brownie. The cameras have changed over the years until the Digital age when I got really serious about photography. Not only has my work improved, but it has opened many doors to meeting wonderful people along the way. New friendships and learning new skills… I am hopeful that some of my best work is yet to come.

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 6 years ago

    I know for sure I didn’t see any this beautiful in my life. Wow, breathtaking.

  • Thank you so much, Teresa. Every time I look at it, I feel as if it is for the first time and I am amazed all over again.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 6 years ago

    Margie, this is stunning! I’ll have to make a trip up to see it next spring! – Pat

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden is always a wonderful destination in May. Lots of Rhodies and Azaleas blooming in the gardens.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful,

  • Thank you so much, Ann.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 6 years ago

    Oh, Marjorie, this is sooooooo very pretty!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Lori. I love the ruffled edges.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 6 years ago

    And they most certainly are perfect!!! Wonderful capture, Marjorie!!

  • Thank you so much, Blair.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 6 years ago

    its gorgeous !

  • Thank you very much, Elaine. I love it and can hardly wait for them to be blooming again.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 6 years ago

    These are gorgeous, for me it so refreshing to see at this time of the year, as we are in full winter mode here in Manitoba..

  • Thank you very much, Larry.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 6 years ago

    Perfect name for this beautiful image. Rhododendrons are such a magnificant flower. A very beautiful capture.

  • Thank you so much, Sharon. They should start blooming any time now with the arrival of Spring. I think this particular one is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Rainy
    Rainyalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you very much. I feel very honored for this privilege.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Mark Lee
    Mark Leealmost 6 years ago

    I’m stunned… Great shot :)

  • Thank you, Mark. It was a sight to behold.

    – Marjorie Wallace

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