Mosaic Monday ~ Rhododendron Bushes


These are photos of our two large rhododendron bushes in our back yard. I think they really need to be pruned but I need to call someone over to show me how to do that without killing them off!

Coast Rhododendron
Rhododendron macrophyllum

In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the coast rhododendron as the state flower. They wanted an official flower to enter in a floral exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Six flowers were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover and the “rhodie,” and voting booths were set up for ladies throughout the state. When the ballots were counted, the rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington state flower.

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About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Mosaic Monday ~ Rhododendron Bushes

  1. Beautiful! The one by our house has already bloomed… I have never had a rhodie before and have been wondering if they bloom repeatedly.

    Great historical tidbit – enjoyed it.

  2. Lovely mosaic and I didn’t know the rhodie was the state flower of Washington. Learn something new everyday. Enjoyed the story.

  3. Yours are beautiful. Do they have more staying power than azaleas? There’s an orange colored one in our neighborhood that I just love to see each spring. It grows up against a brown bungalow and is truly striking.

  4. What an interesting post! I so wish I could grow beautiful rhodies here but the PJM is one of the only varieties that are reliable bloomers here in Wisconsin. Glorious photos!

  5. I wish I could grow rhodo as big as yours. It is beautiful and I love the colour. Great photos.

  6. I love the mosaic. The photo on top of a photo is a delightful technique! Is that a special program?

    I love rhododendrums, I know, spelled incorrectly. However, they are lovely! Do they have a fragrance?

    Happy Monday!

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