We planted a shrub yesterday, under the old hemlock, beneath our office/library/guestroom window. It is the first thing we’ve planted in our three years at the house. Of course the previous owners gave us a great start as far as plant materials go.
I’ve named it Rhoda Rhododendron. David prefers Rowdy Roddy Dendron, so he can call it that, if he really wants.
Rhoda’s a hybrid, a Nova Zembla, and I think she should be proud of her heritage—beautiful dark pink blooms, deep green leaves, and a super cool hybrid name. Now if only she can thrive despite our novice planting techniques and clay soil. My dad is bringing some soil amendment for her next week when my parents come for a visit. I’m sure she’ll be glad to see him.
(The above image came from this site.)