|SJG • 4/25/13 - Rhododendron Yakushimanum, Area ZZE|
In February and March our exquisite camellias lend their color and beauty to the SJG. In April rhododendrons start to compete, especially the showy ones, of the European breeding.
|SJG • 4/26/13 - Rhododendron 'Unique' in area G|
By May I usually feel like apologizing to the visitors for all those gaudy colors everywhere: not very Japanese... But in creation of the Garden in 1960 Mr. Juki Iida remembered that rhododendron is a bellowed plant of PNW, so he included many of them for the local people to relate...
|SJG • 4/ 26/13 - Rh. Kaempferi, i think, not sure...|
Only when I joined the Plant Committee (responsible for making yearly updates to Kathleen Smith' booklet on the SJG plants) I found out how many of our rhodies are actually of Japanese origin - kurume hybrids or transplanted straight from Japan; they were chosen with great care and are displayed in choice spots to show their beauty.
|SJG • 4/26/13 - Rhododendron 'pulchrum'in area I|
If you are into garish, blatant color NOW is the time to visit SJG: the rhodies will be on fire for another 4 weeks or so... More like an impressionist painting, and not subdued Japanese Garden. But what can i tell you? Deal with it.
|SJG • 4/26/13 - Rhododendron Japonica is coming to to the neighborhood near you...|