It was a banner spring in area gardens and perhaps the most spectacular in recent memory for rhododendrons. From my own garden in Roland Park to fine gardens in Baltimore and Harford counties, rhododendrons produced huge, almost florescent blossoms and many on each bush.
Our ‘Catawba Album’ rhododendrons went in three springs ago. Three seems to be the magic number of years for plants to become established. This third cool, long spring, complete with a shot of warm weather, produced the best season of growth and blooms we have had.
This is the same hybrid that is a favorite of Jean and Sidney Silber, horticulturalists extraordinaire. Their 50-year old shrubs produce magical pink-to-white blooms that look like lanterns glowing down their long driveway.