Rhododendron a Spring Gardens Carnival of Colour and candy floss delight. 

Rhododendron fill Spring Gardens with a Carnival of Colour and candy floss fun filled delight.

Following the bleak Winter discontented Gardeners are spun a carousel of carnival colors that fill Spring Gardens. Indicating the arrival of Spring with the daffodils and the parade of colour that follows, including Magnolia, Tulips and Azaleas. The Rhododendron however marks a triumphant crescendo of Spring delight as we begin to experience warmer days and milder nights, as the soil temperature increases and we witness an abundance of growth and leaf break on all garden plants. If your fortunate enough to be gardening on acid soils then you will be well aware of the range of ericaeous shrubs and plants that are available to grow. Selecting from a palette of carnival colours will ensure your garden attracts the attention of essential plant pollinators and bees as they build up reserves for the season ahead. Rhododendrons for example are in my option the crescendo of a host of Spring flowering shrubs that announce the arrival of Spring. Rhododendron and Azalea provide a procession of colour and fragrance that informs us Gardeners that Summer is indeed approaching fast. Please enjoy the parade of Rhododendron photographs taken from the Cheshire estate I proudly manage. Want more great garden plants photos? Then join me and a whole team of gardening addicts on gardentags_600

Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consulatant




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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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