Every year, we get this incredible and super exciting experience of having Joan, our Rhododendron, bloom in unison. It’s really just a miraculous thing to witness.
She’s named after my Aunt Joan, whose favorite flower was the Rhododendron. She came to our house, only once, before she died and was totally awestruck by what she called “the biggest Rhododendron she’d ever seen”. Now, every year, I’m reminded of her and know she’s seeing it, in all it’s glory, from Heaven.
I wish I knew an Arborist or landscaping expert who could approximate her age for us. With our house being 80 years old, we wonder if she’s about the same.
I’m including one pic with my Husband in the photo, so you can better understand her size. We estimate she’s about 100 feet long, 25-30 feet high and 45 feet wide.
And somehow, the entire bush blooms all at once, over the course of a week.
Because she’s such a spectacular thing to witness, I wanted to share it with you. I’ll update this with a couple more photos, once she’s all done.
It’s truly humbling to sit next to this and listen as the whole bush vibrates and buzzes with bees.
Sending out much love into the world today, one flower at a time ❤️.