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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wild Rhododendrons in bloom - a splash of pink in the forest

Wild Rhododendrons are in bloom on the Mendonoma Coast now and what a delight it is to see their lovely blooms. They begin blooming in April and peak in early May. This is prime time to see them! I took this photo yesterday right along Highway One at Salt Point State Park. These plants are protected by law - it is illegal to sell them. The Pacific Northwest has ideal growing conditions for wild Rhododendrons and I feel so fortunate to have some growing on the land where we live in Anchor Bay.


Frank Drouillard said...

Aren't the pink ones native? What about the other colors -- can they be sold? If not, who's going to bust our nice neighbor with the spectacular rhododendron displays?

Not me!

Jeanne Jackson said...

The native rhodies are pink. The hybrids, which come in nearly every color under the sun including lots of pinks, can be sold. Our nice neighbor is safe from the justice system.