27 March 2010 18:29:26
Rhodo Lady Alice Fitzwilliam
I have been waiting for my tender rhododendron to flower.
It is a Lady Alice Fitzwilliam and is supposed to have sumptuous scented blooms in early spring. I have never actually seen the flowers as I only bought the shrub last year but it has had buds for a long time. The idea was for it to scent my greenhouse before other shrubs had woken up.
In fact , I am lucky to have gotten Lady Alice through last winter. It is in a pot and was in the greenhouse and then was brought indoors with my other plants when temperatures plummeted below -8.5. But now Lady Alice is back in the greenhouse and I have been waiting for her to perform.
But all is not as it should be. I noticed new growth on the plant and still the buds would not opened. And now I have identified the problem - 'bud freeze'. The buds are brown and hard and will not open : (
But, on the positive side, I still have my plant and it should flower for me next year : )