Memories of Pink Rhododendrons

I like pink in small doses offset by other colors.

Like rhododendrons found in the woods.

Washington state’s flower, coast rhododendrons thrive under the dappled shade of forests, like these on Hood Canal.

In fact, pink rhododendrons remind me of childhood trips to Hood Canal to visit my grandma and grandpa. It was a long drive, and as we neared our destination, we’d see who could spot the pink shrubs in the woods first. It was a game my mother thought up to keep us kids busy.

Later, I wanted to see rhododendrons in bloom in the Redwoods, and finally did on one of our road trips to California.

They almost look primeval among the big trees, especially after playing with them in Lightroom. 🙂

Sharing with Sunday Stills Color Challenge, Pink.

~ Susanne

21 Comments on “Memories of Pink Rhododendrons

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  2. These are so gorgeous among the pines, Susanne! The pops of pink are so beautiful, thanks for sharing! I should have the WA state flower in my own garden for goodness sake!

    • Thanks, Terri! Rhodies are so easy to grow here (at least on this side of the mountains.) I have several in my yard and they are beautiful but there’s nothing like seeing them in the woods! 😊

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  4. They are quite hard to grow in Beetley, (soil issues) but there is a house nearby Hoe Rough that has a wonderful display in their woodland garden.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • They are in everyone’s yard here, easy landscape plants, but are most beautiful where they grow naturally in the woods. 🙂

  5. You have expressed my opinion about rhodies growing in the woods. We once owned property in Quilcene, WA. The rhodies on that property were so similar to your images today. We no longer own that property but have a wooded lot in Portland which causes our rhodies to grow in a similar way. I love seeing the large rhodies with massive blooms, but there is something about this shaded plant that is aesthetically very pleasing.

    • It’s a small world. My grandpa and grandma and later my mom lived in Brinnon for many years, so I’m very familiar with Quilcene. I took the pictures of the rhodies at Seal Rock yesterday. 😊

  6. I love Rhodies and how many colors they come in. I feel fortunate that mine did not bloom all at once, so I get to continue enjoying them for a while. They are stunning against the red woods in your photographs.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. 😊 I have several around my yard as well, blooming at different times. But I love seeing them in the forest the most!

  7. Beautiful. I just posted an article on the rhododendron. Love it!!

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