In the spring of 1997 I came across an adorable little pink rhododendron called ‘Pink Snowflakes’. It was absolutely covered with small white flowers with a bright pink ruffled edge and a tiny smattering of pink dots in the throat. I brought it home and gave it a place of pride next to my driveway. Soon after a foraging deer rudely stepped on it, breaking off two thirds of the plant. I forgave that deer only after some time.
The other parent of R. ‘Pink Snowflakes’ happens to be a favorite species of mine- R. racemosum, itself a producer of a profusion of small, pink blooms, which I also have in my garden. My plants are small and mashed a bit by the snow of the last two winters, but large specimens can be found in Rhododendron Glen, just above the small, upper pond.
The next rhododendron to bloom in my garden looks to be Rhododendron trichostomum ‘Rae Berry’, whose flowers are tiny and bright pink and whose foliage can be mistaken for rosemary when not in flower.