Rhododendron ‘Helma’s Joy’

Thanks again to ngawangchodron@Flickr aka Lotus J. for sharing another one of her images with us (Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Group Pool | original). Appreciated as always!

It is the rhododendron time of year here in southwestern British Columbia, and it’s not just the Finnerty Gardens in Victoria (site of today’s photo) that are full of rhododendron blossoms — UBC Botanical Garden has come alive with them as well (and, if flowering cherries are more your cup of tea, the cherry blossoms at Nitobe Memorial Garden are being celebrated this upcoming weekend).

The little-known cultivar ‘Helma’s Joy’ was registered by Dr. Herman Vaartnou (scroll down) in 1988. Vaartnou was a rhododendron hybridizer and “a key architect of UVic’s Finnerty Gardens”. It is derived from selfed Rhododendron macabeanum (photo for comparison) and is a member of the Pontica subsection of the genus Rhododendron.

Rhododendron 'Helma's Joy'

6 responses to “Rhododendron ‘Helma’s Joy’”

  1. Old Ari

    Here on the island, I have heard there is a wild species, to be found in the Bush.

  2. Annie Morgan

    Beautiful photo.
    Two blooms of Dr. Donald Craig’s pink and white R. Minas Maid hybrid are beautifully photographed and featured on two Canadian stamps issued in March of this year.
    Dr. Craig is a noted breeder of the plants, and those on the stamps were photographed at the 2008 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada exhibition in Kentville, Nova Scotia, by Isabelle Toussaint.

  3. Sue in Bremerton

    Ari. I’m in Washington State. just south of you. I was driving from Bremerton to Seabeck some while ago, and saw these lanky brandches reaching into the tree tops. I wondered what they were, so I stopped and took a good look. They were rhododendrons that had had to go up to the tops of the trees to get enough light. It was a good thing that the area had been logged off long ago. The trees were not as tall as I had seen them before logging off. The ‘trunks’ were about as big around as an orange, and bare of foliage until they got way up there, about 30′ I would guess.

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    i have loveing memories of my
    home state of new jersey and
    driveing up to the mountains
    to see this grand plant in bloom
    the parks of my young years
    were full of flowering trees
    my favorite tulips rock gardens
    full of early we called it mountain phlox

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    a lovely spring time to daniel and to
    every one at ubc you bring a lot of joy
    to lives all around the world and mine
    happy easter a blessed passover and peace

  6. CherriesWalks

    Fantastic! We dont have these in the Alps! So fun to see your varieties!

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