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Rhododendron 'Kristin'

The blossom trusses of Rhododendron 'Kristin' are now fully opened.  The BirdCam caught this photo without wildlife which I thought would be fitting to complete the series.  Over the next couple of weeks, the blossoms will fade and drop leaving seed heads.  Gardeners routinely remove these seed heads to encourage new growth.  The process is referred to as "dead-heading." Another R. yakushimanum hybrid, Rhododendron 'Aloha,'  is beginning to open in the background.  There are currently eleven Yak rhodies in this section of the garden, with room left for a few more.