21/15: october – month of remembrance

October 6th 1945 was the day my parents married, with Dad in uniform and Mum in a borrowed dress. Such were the times at the end of World War 2. They have been gone for fourteen years, but today would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. God bless them both.

Wedding of Jack Reid and Elaine Basson 06-10-1945 for blog

Fitting then, that the purple rhododendron we transplanted over twenty years ago from their house in Mitcham to ours in Croydon, Victoria, Australia, began flowering this week.

Rhododendron 2015 (2) Rhododendron 2015

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43/52: more magnificent mauve

The glorious rhododendron is reaching the tail-end of its seasonal flowering. I can always rely on it commemorating my dear departed mother’s birthday each October, which is rather appropriate, because this plant was transplanted from my parents’ home in Mitcham many years ago.

a mass of mauvebeautiful at any anglea wall of colourblushing rhododendronmisty mauveoutside the bedroom windowThe colour can vary on a really sunny day, but these flowers are beautiful in any weather.

in bright sunlight

307/366: return to the rhododendron

We were only gone to Thailand for ten nights, plus the two overnight flights, but in less than two weeks I have come home to a garden in need of maintenance. Weeding and pruning are on my list for the weekend, once I adjust back to our Melbourne time zone.

However, on the bright side, flowers are blooming and the purple rhododendron is in full flight now, so I didn’t miss it after all. Before we left, it was just beginning to flower. Today, we returned to this welcoming sight:

Even the neighbours over the fence can appreciate their beauty.