Rhododendron Series (Part One)

May, and after a rainy spring we walk streets gallant with rhododendrons.” – Alicia Suskin Ostriker

As of this writing, many countries have lost their traditional seasons (spring/summer) due to war, climate change destruction (fire and floods) and changing weather patterns…here in our province (British Columbia) winter has lingered through spring and like the above quote, has left our landscape gallant with rhododendrons!


A gorgeous dark pink rhododendron captured on the sea wall overlooking Coal Harbour in Stanley Park.

At the end of our street is a lovely wide path that accommodates bikers and walkers, this pink beauty guards a hidden pond across from Lost Lagoon.

Our cooler spring has resulted in lush abundance amid vibrant green here in the Rhododendron Garden.

A riot of purple near two tall tree trunks is what greets golfers on the course just beyond the Rhododendron Garden.

We love the beauty of the various pink and white blooms but when we come across the oranges, corals and brick red ones, it takes our breath away!

Many rhododendrons are years old and have grown in wild ways creating heavenly canopies, their delicate floral scent fills the air creating another layer of enchantment…

This lovely capture reminds us that this beautiful garden is tucked into an urban forest, we walk on this path often and sometimes spy a coyote on her morning walk!

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I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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24 Responses to Rhododendron Series (Part One)

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Such beautiful shrubs – how fortunate for you to have them so close by. Thanks for sharing their beauty, Kim. ❤

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    • Some rhododendrons are so tall I forget that they’re shrubs! We are very fortunate, within minutes one can walk through the forest, beautiful gardens or by the sea (the mountains aren’t too far away either!), it’s been a blessing these past few years.
      Thank you for stopping by and I hope your part of the world is anticipating summer…

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  2. calmkate says:

    wow what a colourful tribute! My strongest memories of these bright shrubs is in the Himalayas where the Tibetans and Sherpas bounce around agily on steep rocky inclines to pick the best blooms to offer on their alters …

    with so much rain my plants are confused and some are flowering for the fourth time this year … but they are native plants and won’t flower without the rain 🙂

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    • My dear neighbour Huguette was told by a friend that our current weather is very similar to the Himalayan region which is why we’re enjoying all this bounty (a silver lining sparkling along with the rain!).
      Thank you for stopping by and enjoying the photos, Kate! As winter approaches in your world, I hope it’s a good one…

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  3. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful photos! I didn’t realize the range of color in the rhododendrons! The seasons have started to shift and I’m fearful for what that will do to agriculture!

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    • We think about food security a lot with all the extreme weather events unfolding in the world…
      I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed the photos (and all that glorious colour!)!

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  4. How spectacular, Kim. We’re still waiting for some spring weather too here in Oregon, but the rhodos are indeed beautiful. I hope you’re doing well, and glad to see that you’re getting outside in your beautiful city.

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    • My Portland friend Gail recently left an answering machine message wondering where the flowers and birds are…
      It’s as if spring never arrived but thankfully there is some blooming and nesting!
      Getting out and about helps, giving us the gift of distraction from worrisome and heartbreaking news on TV…
      I hope this note finds you happy and well, Diana! It’s good to hear from you…

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  5. ugetse says:

    Stunning parade of rhododendrons. If only you could also post their perfume. I love spring, rain or shine. Loving hug.♥️🥰

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    • “Stunning parade of rhododendrons” – what a beautiful image, Huguette!
      On my local walk yesterday afternoon, my eyes were drawn to even more rhododendrons, they’re coming into bloom throughout the season and beyond…
      Some of Terry’s captures were taken while it was raining which definitely made the colours more vibrant!
      I hope you get out today and enjoy the parade…

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  6. That is a lovely variety of rhododendrons Kim. We only had one type and color back east.

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  7. markmkane says:

    Such beautiful pictures Kimberlee. Loved the bright colors and the vibrant energy you get from looking at its natural beauty!

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  8. Kathy says:

    Your life is indeed gallant with rhododendrons! Spring is the most beautiful time of year, isn’t it?

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