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The First Rhododendron in Dundock Wood



The rhododendrons in Dundock Wood on the Hirsel Estate are famous. I was not expecting to see any of them out this early in the year, but then just as I was coming near the end of the wood I saw this rhodododendron in flower, and there were even insects exploring some of the blooms. Since having the camera I kind of go hunting for signs of the Spring, and here is a pretty example. Really frou-frou, in the best possible way. Lovely to think of these plants blossoming all over the world. Didn’t see a soul in the wood, which I have to admit had some pretty hefty mud along the paths.  But then to come across this flower was such a pleasure.





April 10, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,


  1. They do seem to be early in bloom this year 🙂
    Very frou-frou indeed!


    Comment by greenmackenzie | April 10, 2014 | Reply

    • Well, Seonaid, this was the only one I saw so far! But everything is coming out so fast now, in another week the wood will probably be full of the blooms. There is a lovely scented one that smells of honey…..


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 10, 2014 | Reply

  2. OMGOSH! These are gorgeous!!! WOW! Love, Amy


    Comment by Amy Pinkrose | April 10, 2014 | Reply

    • Yes, I loved the colour – like your name as well! The whole wood will be full of rhododendron flowers in a while, but seeing this first one was rather special. Thanks for your comment, Amy.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 11, 2014 | Reply

      • You are SO welcome, Cara. You gave me a gift so I made sure to say thank you. Have a great weekend! (((HUGS))) Amy


        Comment by Amy Pinkrose | April 11, 2014

  3. So beautiful, we used to have these in Maine.


    Comment by Mary | April 11, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Mary. I’ll be walking in Dundock Wood again soon to look at the great feast of flowers, but this one was special to me because it was blooming all by itself.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 13, 2014 | Reply

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