You see, Bunny was worried about Rhododendron. We had a hard winter and no other member of the garden community had to experience the long, cold winter quite like Rhododendron. Stone Bunny knows that this fine bush would rather live somewhere like the Smoky Mountains, where it is warmer and mistier and the soil is better. But Rhododendron lives in Indiana. Unlike other Indiana bushes, though, Rhododendron doesn’t go to sleep for the winter. She stays awake and addresses each and every day for what it is.
Stone Bunny remembers. Here was Rhododendron in early January.Looking rough, but she shook off the cold and bounced back just a few days later.Then it really snowed.But she shook that off too.Stone Bunny remembers that Rhododendron did great in January.
Then the winter really set in. February was cold and hard.The Deer came to eat her. Stone Bunny didn’t like that. She was mad at the deer for eating poor Rhododendron. They don’t even like the taste of Rhododendron.
Just a couple weeks later she perked right back up. A little chewed up on the edges. Leaves looking rough, but she survived. OK, so a few branches were dead, but mostly she survived.And not only did she survive, but by early May she was ready to bloom.Granted, some leaves still showed signs of the hard winter and less-than-ideal soil conditions.But Rhododendron didn’t care and neither did Bunny and neither did Mary, because it was time to bloom.And bloom she does.She is even putting on new growth for next year.Yes. Stone Bunny is pleased. Rhododendron survived another winter and blooms yet again.