Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

There is a magical window of time in England 
when the bluebells and rhododendrons
bloom simultaneously

This stunning world-famous Rothschild Collection of 
rhododendrons and azaleas is at Exbury Gardens,
a spectacular 200 acre garden in The New Forest, Hampshire

Lovers of mild, wet climates and acidic soil,
rhoddies are very happy in England

The wisteria is in bloom now too
Interestingly, Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) climbs clockwise 
while Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) climbs anti-clockwise

Plant explorers were crazy for rhododendrons in the early part of the twentieth century
which coincided with Lionel de Rothschild's creation of his woodland garden in 1919

The rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal

Many of the plants found by plant hunters still can be seen in Exbury Gardens today

This is me wearing my happy face

- all photos by me -
More info: Exbury Gardens