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Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Our current home is the top floor of a converted barn. Below us, the barn remains unconverted. The building is built into the hillside, so while our front door leads into a small lobby with stairs up to the main rooms of our home, the back door leads straight out to ground level a good way up the hill. From the back door you step onto a small flat-ish area of lawn surrounded by trees and bushes of various cultivated varieties. Behind that, the steeply rising ground is the home of oak, holly and the occasional beech tree with, at this time of year, a carpet of daffodils.

Both the woods and the garden shrubbery are old established, possibly over a hundred years in the case of the woods. Over time, the shrubbery has climbed steadily up the hill and the woods have edged their way slowly downwards. Now, that terror of the spelling bee – the rhododendron, is from the Himalayas. For them, a steep incline is no deterrent. It seems to me that what is needed to keep them in check is some Himalayan local fauna. Honey made from the rhododendron pollen is toxic to humans. As anything with any semblance of human form is automatically drawn to consume everything that doesn’t actually kill them very often, and lacking any clear evidence to the contrary, I feel justified in assuming that that denizen of desolation, the Yeti, must exist on a diet of rhododendron flowers.

We’re hoping he’ll pose for a photo when he turns up – watch this space.

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  1. Miranda Stone
    2014-04-12 at 02:11

    We have several rhododendron bushes here, and I always look forward to seeing their gorgeous blooms in the springtime. (None here yet, though.) I did not know that about honey made from the flower’s pollen. I can imagine it being a hardy plant of the Himalayas, however. The bushes seem to thrive on the mountainsides with very little sun. It sounds as though you’re having a lovely spring!

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  2. Miranda Stone
    2014-04-12 at 02:12

    Oh, and I’m holding you to your word, David–if a Yeti shows up to snack on your rhododendron flowers, be sure to post the photo on your blog first. Don’t go selling it to a tabloid before we get a chance to see it! 😉

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    • 2014-04-15 at 13:26

      I’ll give him the link to your blog – he’s into scary stuff – or so I’ve heard.

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      • Miranda Stone
        2014-04-16 at 00:23

        It would be fantastic to have a Yeti following my blog. 😀

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      • 2014-04-16 at 14:42

        Having the Internet is such a boon when you’re snowed in in the Himalayas.

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  3. 2014-04-23 at 21:15

    I am waiting for mine to pop out some flowers this year. what an interesting fact about toixc honey!

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