The Rhodies seem to flower earlier here on the Gulf Stream in Ireland than they do in Northwest England where I once lived. It was usually around May when we saw them in all their glory.
Yesterday we went to a village on our peninsula to take flowers to place on my mum's grave for Mother's day. We also pulled out a few weeds and left it looking tidy again.
We drove through the village and noticed the Rhododendron that always puts on a mighty floral display at this time of year. It looks quite old and they seem to thrive on the acidic peaty soil here in the south of Ireland.
I think it may be time to visit some large estate gardens like Muckross in Killarney which is free to visit and park and see the magnificent Azaleas and Rhododendrons that originated in Asia.
They are like Oriental Spring brides. I love this time of year.