Friday, April 19, 2013

PJM Rhododendrons

A few weeks ago, when I was out pruning bushes and surveying the gardens, I thought my PJM rhododendron was sick.  I looked like this on April 3rd:

So, here it is, April 19 and it looks like this:

Overall, it looks healthy and has plenty of blooms.  One of the bushes only has blooms on the back, towards the house.  I wonder if the wind/cold was too much for it.  I'm not about to put burlap over it, though, each winter.  It looks good enough.  I think I fertilized the plant too late in the season, and the new growth suffered winter injury.  This year I know not to do that - not past mid July.

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