This morning it is glorious in my garden… not because it is perfectly tended (by any means…) but because the Rhododendrons, despite my benign neglect, are blooming wildly.
Not one to miss an opportunity to seize inspiration, I went out and photographed all my favorite blossoms, and came in to mine the images for possible colour combinations. Today I’ve created a bracelet with a blend of deep, rich raspberry and earthy green, based on one particular variety.
This type of Rhodo is just a little more subtle than the others in that part of the garden. It’s a true raspberry, and the combination with its green foliage is delicious. In contrast, its Rhododendron colleagues are much brighter, near tropical tones that give our little patch the feel of Hawaii this time of year! (Purple and Pink and
Red Oh MY!). I can’t take credit for selecting these amazing specimens, they are huge bushes, some of them twelve feet high, and have likely been in the garden since it was originally laid out in the 1950’s. Our garden isn’t unusual in this annual floral display. Most gardens in Vancouver have a handful of Rhododendrons, as they are
so easy to grow in our climate, and so showy year round. They are evergreen, pest resistant, happy in our warm wet Winters and arid Summers, and of course bloom madly for a month each Spring. No wonder they are ubiquitous in Vancouver! I think it’s possible that because they are so commonplace here, many of us have stopped really seeing and appreciating them.
Imagine, if Rhododendrons were a new plant introduction now – they’d be an overnight sensation and the height of garden fashion!
Clockwise from clasp: “Sterling Double Lobster Clasp” (retired format), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “Unique Glass”, “Silver Bead with Garnets” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Glass”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Unique Glass”, “Ruby”, “Unique Glass”, “Spider”, “Unique Glass”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Glass”, “Large Heart”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “Red Pink Prism” (retired).