My only experience with rhododendrons growing up was with the white azaleas (also a rhododendron!) in front of my parents’ house in Virginia. They’d look spectacular for about a week, and then their flowers would shrivel to a gross reddish brown and persist for months. My vague dislike lasted until last year, when I visited the garden of a rhody aficionado, Bob Stamper, in Pennsylvania during the high season. His collection knocked my socks off, and made me realize that there’s a whole world of rhodies out there that I’d never dreamed of. Well, Eva Beke has gone a long way to convincing me even further with the collection of photos she’s contributed for today’s post. She took these pics at the Jeli Botanical Garden in Hungary.
Eva says, “They say each garden has its own season. Not this one, as the Jeli Botanical Garden has only its own month – perhaps even just a couple of weeks in May – when the garden’s huge collection of rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. Their sweet, incomparable fragrance fills the air and leaves our senses in a lovely turmoil. Since I cannot enclose it, I am sending you some photographs of these beauties.
“The garden was founded by Count Dr. István Ambróczy-Migazzi in 1922. After some rather sad years, today it is a Natural Reserve Area opened to the public.”
Gorgeous, Eva! I am 1/4 Hungarian…perhaps I should use “exploring my roots” as an excuse to visit this beautiful place… NOTE: we featured Eva’s personal garden in Hungary back in April. Refresh your memory HERE.
***AND THE WINNERS ARE…….***
Last week I offered free gardening books to 10 random people who submitted photos to the GPOD. Here’s who won! (Everyone sent in amazing photos! You’ll be seeing a lot of these names again in the next few days…)
Carol Jannello-Leaman: Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden, by Andrea Bellamy
Julie Witmer: Backyard Harvest: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables, by Jo Whittingham
Ann Crane: Small Plot, High-Yield Gardening: How to Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well by Turning Your Back (or Front or Side) Yard Into an Organic Produce Garden, by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan
Judy Burton: The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food, by Carolyn Herriot
Amanda Hall: The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage, by Scott Meyer
Michael Post & Veronica Guyre: Homegrown Harvest: A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden, by the American Horticultural Society and Rita Pelczar
Jo-Ann Clark: How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You can Imagine, by John Jeavons
Christine Bosacki: The Kitchen Garden: A Complete Practical Guide to Planting, Cultivating, and Harvesting Fruits and Vegetables, by Alan Buckingham
Marilyn Sherman: Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces, by Rhonda Massingham Hart
Keep sending in photos, folks! I’ll have more stuff to give away in a few weeks, I’m sure, but don’t be holding off til then…. 🙂
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