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Post  Ian Young on Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:15 pm

My Rhododendron 'Blue Diamond' is meant to flower in March, this is it today.


DSC_0058 by Bonsai eejit, on Flickr


DSC_0057 by Bonsai eejit, on Flickr

I had noticed that the flower buds set for next year looked rather swollen and over the last few days they have opened. Many more to come by the looks of it. It's been a strange year weather wise here in the UK. This may have played a part or perhaps the flower removal in February have forced it to flower a second time.

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Post  fiona on Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:34 pm

My Blue Diamond is doing the very same thing. It's dark now but I'll take a pic tomorrow. I have done nothing at all to mine this year so I think you are right about it being our bizarre weather.

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Post  mike page on Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:09 pm

LOOKING GOOD!!!! Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:11 pm

First one I have seen. Why isn't everyone growing these?

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Post  Poink88 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:09 pm

JimLewis wrote:First one I have seen. Why isn't everyone growing these?
Me too...they are pretty!

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Post  fiona on Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:11 pm

Mine is a shohin one but I have a chuhin in development as well. I think they are sold as garden centre plants over here rather than as bonsai.

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Post  Stan Kengai on Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:17 pm

Ian, very odd indeed that the whole plant should bloom at this time, but it's very beautiful. Might as well enjoy it.

Jim, I got one of these about 15 years ago and after watching it slowly decline over 3-4 years, I found out they can't handle the heat here. If you're in the mountains up there in western NC, you can probably grow them.

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Post  fiona on Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:22 pm

A not so good pic of mine in Spring 2011. It's leafed out a lot since then.



Height is only 6inches from top of pot




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Post  Ian Young on Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:08 pm

Had someone else on Facebook say that his is flowering now too, it must just be down to the seasons this year!

This one was dug out of a garden. I would say they are more temperamental than an azalea for example but I think they are worth it.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:00 am

Nice tree Ian. My landscape Rhodo is blooming now as well.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:37 pm

So that's probably why I've not seen one; I live and have lived for the last 45 years, where summers are in the mid to high 90s. Dang.

Someone please bring one to the Carolina Bonsai Expo next month. <g>

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Post  Ian Young on Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:19 pm

Just had a reply on my blog that might shed a little light [pun intended] on my it flowered twice this year.

'I've always understood that many spring flowering plants flower as a response to day length, and it's not uncommon for some of them to flower again in autumn. Those leaves look a lovely rich green so it's obviously very healthy and going strong.'

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Post  0soyoung on Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:35 pm

IMHO, it is mostly temperature related. We grow lots of azaleas and rhodies where I live and it appears that early spring blooming varieties do this most often. It appears to me that when our temperatures re-warm after a cool and sometimes wet spell in the fall that some blooms will pop.

I'm curious; I recall your blog accounting for how you had a long, overcast and dreary spring and early summer. Then you had a period of blue skies. Did your (and fiona's) weather go cool and maybe wet for a while and then warm up recently?

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Post  Ian Young on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:07 pm

0soyoung wrote:IMHO, it is mostly temperature related. We grow lots of azaleas and rhodies where I live and it appears that early spring blooming varieties do this most often. It appears to me that when our temperatures re-warm after a cool and sometimes wet spell in the fall that some blooms will pop.

I'm curious; I recall your blog accounting for how you had a long, overcast and dreary spring and early summer. Then you had a period of blue skies. Did your (and fiona's) weather go cool and maybe wet for a while and then warm up recently?

Interesting...

There wasn't really a cooling to be honest as it never got very warm lol. I can't even say that any two weeks period has even been consistent as every day seems to be different. A few great days followed by wind and rain followed by sunshine and showers...

You could be right and I think it is likely to be a combination daylight and temperature.

Oh, and thanks for following the blog clown

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Post  fiona on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:26 pm

0soyoung wrote: Did your (and fiona's) weather go cool and maybe wet for a while and then warm up recently?
Like Ian's, my weather has scarcely been what you'd call hot apart from a week at the end of May. But it did get a bit warmer in August.

Wet, I'm afraid to say, is pretty much the default setting for weather here. Very Happy

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Post  luciano benyakob on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:44 pm

FANTASTIC COLOR!!!!!
Shalom Luciano.

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:41 am

JimLewis wrote:So that's probably why I've not seen one; I live and have lived for the last 45 years, where summers are in the mid to high 90s. Dang.

Someone please bring one to the Carolina Bonsai Expo next month. <g>

I know a local spot where there are a few small ones. I need to go back there soon anyway.

Beautiful pictures, y'all!

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