There is just too much blooming this time of year to fit it all into one Saturday. These azaleas were blooming quite some time ago, and these pictures are at least a week old. Some might be almost two weeks old. I just could not use them last week because there were still camellias to show off.

1. What this one lacks in profusion, it compensates for with large flower size. We used to grow one that looked like this but perhaps with slightly richer color. It was known as ‘Phoenicia’. It was a bit too garish for my taste.P80505
2. These flowers are smaller, but seriously more profuse. In fact, they are so profuse that, like #4, #5 and #6, the foliage is barely visible behind so many flowers. It is garish too, but I rather like this particular flavor of color.P80505+
3. Okay, so they are not as profuse, but they are such an excellently bright red. It looks like ‘Ward’s Ruby’ to be, but I can not be certain. All these azaleas look so different in this landscape than in production on the farm.P80505++
4. Not much foliage could be seen through these glowing flowers. They are more profuse than they look. They just do not seem so profuse because they are not dense. I do not know which cultivar to compare this one to.P80505+++
5. ‘Coral Bells’ has very profuse and very densely arranged tiny flowers. They form a layer over the exterior of the plant. Although I would say that these are more pink than coral, this cultivar is unmistakably ‘Coral Bells’.P80505++++
6. ‘Fielders White’ is the best that I saved for last. They are perfectly white medium sized flowers that are profuse enough to almost obscure the foliage, but not so profuse that the perfect form of the flowers is obscured.P80505+++++
This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

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27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Azaleas

    1. I wish I knew what they all are! I would recognize them on the farm because I know which cultivars are grown there. However, I did not even plant any of these. They were there before my time.

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  1. I’m liking the white one best (so pure), or perhaps the purple/blue/mauve. What colour would you call it? The pinks are a bit strong for my liking. The white is gorgeous.

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    1. White flowers are almost always my favorite, except only for those few flowers that really should be another color (like violet colored violets, or lilac colored lilacs). I have no idea what that purple/blue/mauve color is. I just grow them. I do not know the colors!

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    1. ‘Phoenicia’ was one of our most popular cultivars. I do not remember what the others were, but I do remember that ‘Fielder’s White’ was only secondarily popular, and less popular than ‘Ward’s Ruby’ and ‘Coral Bells’. I did not like ‘Phoenicia’ much, both because of the garish color, and also because of the limber branch structure. However, I do not have very adventurous taste.

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    1. Well, that is one of the excellent things about growing azaleas and rhododendrons, or just working with them in a landscape. I do not need to like them. I know someone else will! Both the farm and the landscape would be quite boring if ‘I’ dictated that everything be white! Some of the colors that I dislike the most are also the most fun. Some people find that difficult to understand.

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    1. That one seems to be getting the most votes. I still do not like it much, but I can see why others do. They are like corvettes. I have absolutely no use for them, but it is nice to see them on the road.

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  2. In the Japanese Garden within Fairmont Park, Japanese women tend to many things including the Azaleas. After flowering, the women carefully remove every spent blossom with the lightest touch of fingers. It’s a tender sight to see. I compare it to their Tea Ceremony – the reverence for a ritual.

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