The Easy Way to Germinate Rhododendron and Azalea Seed and Grow Seedlings
by Frank Pelurie
Rhododendron and azalea seed germination requires moisture and some warmth.
Rhododendron and azalea seedling growth requires light, moisture, warmth and fertilizer. More...
R. 'Natural Hybrid'
Calendulaceum on Hooper Bald
by Don Hyatt
The Trail to Hooper Bald
Since 1995, I have hiked with members of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society along some rather challenging trails in order to view native azaleas blooming in the wild. The trail to Hooper Bald, however, was a very pleasant surprise. One a cloudy morning in late June... More...
Hooper Bald Expedition
Hooper Trail Gold
Hooper Big Valencia
Hooper Glow #1
Hooper Glow #2
Hooper Big Red
A trail at Hooper Bald
All photos in the "Hooper Bald"
trails segment, by Donald Hyatt
"My Mary" deciduous azelea.- This azalea was created by the late Walter Beasley in honor of his wife Mary Beasly.
Azalea 'My Mary'
Richly Fragrant, Yellow Blooms in April-May
The late George Beasley, well known Azalea breeder, crossed three different native azaleas, resulting in a stunning azalea with extraordinary fragrance, beauty and charm. Beasley could think of no other name as fitting for the new azalea as the name of his late wife - Mary. To honor her, he named this azalea 'My Mary.'
'My Mary' is a deciduous hybrid azalea that will be covered in large ball-shaped trusses of powerfully fragrant soft, yellow blossoms in mid to late-spring. The flowers absolutely glow and are enhanced by long protruding stamens. They are truly spectacular! More...
Transplant Nursery, a Family Love Affair with Azaleas
A Brief History
Transplant Nursery came into existence as a result of a distinct love of everything that grows in the plant kingdom. The late George Beasley was an avid plant collector. He brought plants home from everywhere he traveled and these became the backbone of his own garden. This garden still exists today and offers breathtaking beauty each spring. His first love was Camellias, then wild flowers and finally the rhododendron species. He started a hybridization program with Native Azaleas which resulted in crosses which are in the trade today. His retail /mail order catalog created interest and sales from plant enthusiasts in many states. As he sometimes would say, he started a nursery in order to help finance the many plants he saw and absolutely had to have. More...
In Spring the first thing to bloom on Glen St. Mary resident Deborah Travis’ property is also the biggest — the wild azalea.
“It was pretty unbelievable,” horticulturist Dr. Kyle Brown, also of Glen, who recently received a call at the Ag Center from an excited Ms. Travis asking that he examine the floral specimen.
“It was literally a tree, probably the largest one I’ve seen,” he said. “We took photos with Ms. Travis standing at the foot of the azalea to show the scale.”
Dr. Brown was joined in Ms. Travis’ yard on the Little St. Mary’s River by Baker County horticulture extension agent Alicia Lamborn and her husband Andy, the county forester. They azalea was estimated at 15 feet in height and Dr. Brown believed it could be 100 years old. More...
Deciduous azaleas drop their leaves in the fall, and grow a new set of leaves in the spring. There are 16 species of azaleas native to areas of the US, and more species are native to Japan. More...
A State of Mind
A State of Mind
Homeowners build a bridge to the yard of their dreams
This year, the Winklers will have lived in their home for 35 years. Charlene is the gardener who enjoys toiling over the lawn, trees, flowers and vegetable garden, while Mike is the "structural engineer" who enjoys working on the hardscape features of the landscape. Their yard has been featured on the Sioux City Garden Club tour... More...