MAY, p. 6: azalea, azalea

• Rhododendron 'Sappho',  azalea:

SJG 5/26/11 •  Rhododendron 'Sappho',  azalea - corolla purple red,
by Viburnum (L) and 2-tone azalea (R), E side of the W path; Area  Q

SJG 6/4/11 • Rhododendron 'Sappho' 9 days later: blooms fully opened; Area Q
(35 Rhododendrons 'Arnoldiana' of the top of the rock wall fading slowly)

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'Sappho',  azalea, close-up

Rhododendron viscosepalum var. 'Daviesii':

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron viscosepalum var. 'Daviesii' - cream with yellow splotch;
1 on the water-bank, another on the path (NW corner),; Area  Q

SJG 6/4/11 •  Rhododendron viscosepalum var. 'Daviesii' 9 days later;
blooms totally open; Area Q

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron viscosepalum var. 'Daviesii', close-up
+ delightful entry about rhododendron 'Daviesii' here: 'Good morning, Azalea' (click here to read it) from a person who lives in Seattle...

• Rhododendrons japonicum & 'Arnoldiana'; azaleas:

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendrons japonicum & 'Arnoldiana'; azaleas;
bottom: R. 'Arnoldiana' - corolla carmine pink; top R. japonica - corolla yellow;
N side of the N path, near green boxes; Area S

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron japonicum, azalea, close-up

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana'; azalea, close-up

• Rhododendron japonicum; azalea (D= deciduous) 

Kathy explained that if azalea doesn't have a specific 'surname', e.g. 'Sappho' or 'Daviesii' and comes only named as 'Rhododendron japonicum, azalea' or 'azalea mollis' it usually has flowers in pastel shades of orange, yellow and tan (hard to predict until they bloom), like the ones below.

More on azalea mollis in 'The Story of hybridization of decideous azaleas in Western Europe' by WALTER SCHMALSCHEIDT, Germany:
R. japonicum, called before Azalea mollis, has probably been introduced to Europe only1861 by Mr. Von Siebold. Other sources tell, that the introduction already took place in 1830. The mollis Hybrids arose out of crosses between R. japonicum (=Azalea mollis) x R. molle(=Azalea sinensis). Further  we count to this group the so called Mollis-Sinensis Hybrids, which also are named as the R. kosterianum Hybrids.  

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron japonicum; azalea - corolla yellow, orange, peach;
clump on top of the rock wall, Area Q

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron japonicum; azalea, yellow close-up

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron japonicum; azalea, orange close-up

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron japonicum; azalea, peach close-up

SJG 5/26/11 • Another example of Rhododendron japonicum; azalea - across the path
from area P clump:  corolla peachy-orange, deciduous,
next to the pine tree (Pinus strobus 'Radiata'); Area O 

• Rhododendron Wada hybrid; azalea:

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron Wada hybrid; azalea - corolla white;
along the stone path to Kobe lantern; Area O

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron Wada hybrid; azalea, close-up


MAY, p. 5: Still more rhodies & 1 tree peony

• 2-tone Rhododendron 'Quakeress'; azalea:

SJG 5/26/11 •  2-tone Rhododendron 'Quakeress'; azalea - corolla white, with pink sectors;
E side of the W path. coming to the bridge, Area V.
(There is another clump of the same azaleas further north, past zig-zag bridge, in the Area Q)

SJG 5/26/11 • 2-tone Rhododendron 'Quakeress'; azalea, close-up

• Paeonia suffruticosa:

SJG 5/26/11 • Paeonia suffruticosa, Tree Peony - pink flowers early spring;
S bed of Azumaya - only one flower so far; Area T

SJG 5/26/11 • Paeonia suffruticosa, close-up

• Rhododendron yunnanense:

NOT azalea - Kathy explained that the easiest way to tell rhododendron from azalea is to count stamina or stamens (from Latin stamen meaning "thread of the warp" - the pollen producing reproductive organ of a flower):   rhododendrons usually have 10 stamen stalks, while azaleas have only 5 of them.

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron yunnanense, whitish pink corolla;
E side of Azumaya; Area T

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron yunnanense, close-up

• Rhododendron 'Gaiety'; azalea:

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'Gaiety'; azalea - corolla has 2 shades of pink,
next to the tree peony,  S border bed of Azumaya, not blooming much yet, buds mainly;
Area T  (5 more on the E side of Azumaya)
SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'Gaiety'; azalea, close up
Kathy, i didn't see no 2 shades of pink, but maybe after it opens more?

• Rhododendron 'S-1-G'; azalea (Wells):

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'S-1-G'; azalea (Wells); double corolla carmine pink,
E side of Azumaya; Area T

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron 'S-1-G'; azalea (Wells), close-up

SJG 5/26/11 •  Rhododendron 'S-1-G'; azalea (Wells)

• Rhododendron mucronatum 'Sekidera'; azalea:

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron mucronatum 'Sekidera'; azalea - some flowers pink, some white,
on the W path, close to zig-zag bridge; Area V

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron mucronatum 'Sekidera'; azalea, close-up

• Rhododendron selense:

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron selense - corolla cream with red dots;
mostly buds & some flowers; E side of the W path,
S of Princess Michiko birch tree; Area V

SJG 5/30/11 • Rhododendron selence, 4 days later,
almost in full bloom; Area V

SJG 5/26/11 • Rhododendron selense, close-up


MAY, p. 4: Cont. on rhodies + 1 viburnum

• Rhododendron 'Azor':

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Azor', corolla strawberry-pink, by the fence,
N of camellia tree; Area G

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Azor',  close-up, area G

• Rhododendrons 'Gunrei', 'Jindai' & indicum  'J.T. Lovett':
Note 6/9/11 - turned out these azaleas were not blooming YET - 3 weeks later we found them shyly blooming; check June entry...

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Gunrei', azalea; across from the bench,
Area H, West side of the East path (not blooming)

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron indicum  'J.T. Lovett', azalea;
Area H under cypress (not blooming)

SJG 5/19/11 • Close to far:
Rhododendrons 'Gunrei', 'Jindai' & 'J.T. Lovett';
area H, none blooming this year yet.

• we don't know who this guy is:  E. path, area I?

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron ??? - check out and describe exact location for future ID

SJG 5/19/11 •  Rhododendron ??? (same as above)

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron ???; close-up

Rhododendron 'Bouquet Rose':

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Bouquet Rose', azalea;  7 of them, along the E path, Area L

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Bouquet Rose', close-up - di-morphic (old and new leaves same time)

• Rhododendron 'Corsage':

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Corsage',  azalea; 7 of them, past the bench across wiping willow,  not blooming much this year, Area L
SJG 5/19/11 •  Rhododendron 'Corsage', close-up

•  Viburnum plicatum f. fomentosum:

SJG 5/19/11 •  Viburnum plicatum f. fomentosum, Double File Viburnum;
Area K (getting to wisteria trellis) 
SJG 5/19/11 • Viburnum plicatum f. fomentosum; close-up

SJG 5/26/11 • Double File Viburnum - close-up showing 'double file' (2 stems)

• Rhododendron 'Dawn':

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Dawn', azalea; 2 clumps across from willow tree;
 Area L,  E side of the E path (on the bend)
SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Dawn', close-up

• 2 salmon-colored azaleas by the water, area K, (now suspect 'simsii'), looking stressed:

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'simsii', azalea; corolla rose/red;
Area K,  East of East path, on the waterbank

SJG 5/19/11 •  Rhododendron 'simsii', azalea, close-up, Area K

• Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana':

SJG 5/19/11 • Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana', azalea - 8 of them, corolla lavender-pink;
across from wisteria trellis, W side of the E path, Area K
SJG 5/19/11 •  Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana', close-up

• well, not sure why i took this pic (last of thursday) and exactly where, something about 1 guy being different color than the rest - do you remember, Kathy?
Kathy's reply: 'Picture with the red Azalea - it was to see if anyone knows how or why it is in the middle of the pink azaleas.'

SJG 5/19/11 • ?

• Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana':

SJG 5/20/11 • Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana' azalea; corolla carmine-pink, 35 of them grow on top of the rock wall, Area P

SJG 5/20/11 • Rhododendron 'Arnoldiana' azalea; close-up