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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 14, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Rhodos on Parade

There is a huge swath of rhododendrons between my house and the neighbors. Always puts on quite the show.

Thumb of 2021-04-23/Lestv/6794e1
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Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
Köppen climate classification Cfa
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scvirginia
May 14, 2021 6:06 PM CST
Lovely! It looks like one of my fave azaleas:
Southern Indica Hybrid Azalea (Rhododendron indicum 'George L. Taber')
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 14, 2021 6:08 PM CST
Beautiful banner Leslie!
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
May 14, 2021 8:06 PM CST
Wonderful banner Leslie!

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Fleur569
May 14, 2021 8:25 PM CST
It certainly makes for a beautiful fence between neighbors, and like a "cotton candy" sweet banner. 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
May 14, 2021 11:54 PM CST
Beautiful, Leslie! Smiling
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
May 15, 2021 2:34 AM CST
Love it! Makes me anxious to get out and look for azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom around here. It's just the beginning of their season here in zone 6a.
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
May 15, 2021 3:00 AM CST
What a beautiful show! I like how they catch the light.
Makes a perfect banner, Leslie. Thumbs up
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 15, 2021 7:40 AM CST
Thanks all!

@scvirginia - it may have started out as a plant similar to what you posted but the bees have been busy on these very tall bushes. There are patches of pure white flowers, patches of fuchsia blooms, and loads of mixed with one side white the other side fuchsia. This year the pink/white won. They have been there since way before I moved here. Probably planted 30+ years ago.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
May 15, 2021 8:00 AM CST
Gorgeous, Leslie!
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Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
Köppen climate classification Cfa
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scvirginia
May 15, 2021 12:26 PM CST
Lestv said:Thanks all!

@scvirginia - it may have started out as a plant similar to what you posted but the bees have been busy on these very tall bushes. There are patches of pure white flowers, patches of fuchsia blooms, and loads of mixed with one side white the other side fuchsia. This year the pink/white won. They have been there since way before I moved here. Probably planted 30+ years ago.


That sounds like an old-school azalea hedge with different varieties planted in the mix. Many houses around here used to have them, but more and more people just want uninterrupted grass, so trees and shrubs get pulled up and aren't replaced.

We still have such a hedge in front of the house, but the varieties grow to different sizes, with some blocking the windows, and others staying smaller, so it never looks very good... usually, the idea is to choose plants of similar size and colors that will look good together. Whoever planted our hedge in the 1950's didn't get that memo. Whistling Yours looks and sounds like it was well-planned, though.

Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
May 15, 2021 2:49 PM CST
Lestv said:Thanks all!

@scvirginia - it may have started out as a plant similar to what you posted but the bees have been busy on these very tall bushes. There are patches of pure white flowers, patches of fuchsia blooms, and loads of mixed with one side white the other side fuchsia. This year the pink/white won. They have been there since way before I moved here. Probably planted 30+ years ago.

Leslie, can you post a few pics of the whole hedge?
Puh-leeeeeze? Green Grin!
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Name: cheapskate gardener
South Florida (Zone 10a)
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hlutzow
May 15, 2021 3:02 PM CST
Definitely quite the show.
Keep calm... and plant something.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 16, 2021 9:43 AM CST
@scvirginia - It may have been planned decades ago, but the past two owners of that house have done nothing to contain it. It is a leggy mess in need of pruning. The different patches of color came from the bees. The house used to have white azaleas under the front windows and a fuchsia bush as well. The latest owner, who leaves it up to her daddy to come work on things (she always talks other people into mowing her yard). He butchered the white bushes and the fuchsia is gone. He also pulled out 3 mature camelias so I am not fond of his gardening attempts.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
May 16, 2021 11:27 AM CST
Lestv said:@scvirginia - It may have been planned decades ago, but the past two owners of that house have done nothing to contain it. It is a leggy mess in need of pruning. The different patches of color came from the bees. The house used to have white azaleas under the front windows and a fuchsia bush as well. The latest owner, who leaves it up to her daddy to come work on things (she always talks other people into mowing her yard). He butchered the white bushes and the fuchsia is gone. He also pulled out 3 mature camelias so I am not fond of his gardening attempts.

Aaaaaaggggghhhhhh!! D'Oh!

At least you captured the best of it with your perfect banner. Thumbs up

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 20, 2021 1:08 PM CST
So late (as always) thanking you all for the thumbs! Thank You! Thank You!
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"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
May 20, 2021 4:21 PM CST
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 22, 2021 9:31 AM CST
@EscondidoCal

Late, but here is a pic of the hedge:
Thumb of 2021-05-22/Lestv/e26b00 Messy and beautiful!

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
May 22, 2021 11:39 AM CST
Awesome! Thumbs up
What a beautiful display, and with the home in back.

Thanks, Leslie. It was worth waiting for. Green Grin!

ps- maybe they would let you take a cutting?
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 23, 2021 12:15 PM CST
@EscondidoCal It grows into my yard anyway so no cutting needed! Actually I trim it back all the time on my side to keep it blooming better. That is the neighbor's house behind.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black

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