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May 14, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Rhodos on Parade

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

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May 14, 2021 6:06 PM CST
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 9a)
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Lovely! It looks like one of my fave azaleas:
Southern Indica Hybrid Azalea (Rhododendron indicum 'George L. Taber')
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May 14, 2021 6:08 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Beautiful banner Leslie!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 14, 2021 8:06 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Wonderful banner Leslie!
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May 14, 2021 8:25 PM CST
Zone 5
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It certainly makes for a beautiful fence between neighbors, and like a "cotton candy" sweet banner. 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
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May 14, 2021 11:54 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Beautiful, Leslie! Smiling
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May 15, 2021 2:34 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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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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May 15, 2021 3:00 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
What a beautiful show! I like how they catch the light.
Makes a perfect banner, Leslie. Thumbs up
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May 15, 2021 7:40 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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.
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May 15, 2021 8:00 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Gorgeous, Leslie!
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May 15, 2021 12:26 PM CST
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 9a)
Köppen climate classification Cfa
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: South Carolina
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.
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May 15, 2021 2:49 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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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May 15, 2021 3:02 PM CST
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Definitely quite the show.
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May 16, 2021 9:43 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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@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
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May 16, 2021 11:27 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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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May 20, 2021 1:08 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
"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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May 20, 2021 4:21 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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May 22, 2021 9:31 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
@EscondidoCal

Late, but here is a pic of the hedge:
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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
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May 22, 2021 11:39 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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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May 23, 2021 12:15 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
@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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