Flowers of the Summer Solstice

 

The rhododendrons, whose flowering begins here in March, survive until the Summer Solstice. 

 

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Rhododendrons, Winterthur, DE-36

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Rhododendrons Winterthur May 2015-06

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Rhododendrons Winterthur May 2015-05 - Copy

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Rhododendrons Winterthur May 2015-01

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Rhododendrons Winterthur May 2015-03 - Copy

 

 

For three weeks in late May and early June, the flowers of native mountain  laurel accompany those of late flowering rhododendrons.

 

 

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And, when the mountain laurel are done, the Summer Solstice is here with the hydrangea.

Delicate and robust. White, lilac, the palest blue and green, pink, mauve and periwinkle.

 

 

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Photographs taken at Winterthur and Mt. Cuba, Delaware; Jenkins Arboretum and Chanticleer, Devon, Pennsylvania  and Tyler Arboretum, Lima, Pennsylvania from 2012 to 2017.

  Such a pleasure!

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