It is spring, and this year it is a bit late but still resplendent in the colours and textures of a new season. The Province newspaper and Patrick Johnstone have written about a rhododendron bush which is flowering in a front yard in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island-this remarkable plant is over one hundred years old, is over 25 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and is called “Lady Cynthia” which is really the name of the type of rhodo.
And here it gets interesting. “According to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Lady Cynthia first sprouted in Scotland before being carried south through the Atlantic, around Cape Horn and then back north up the coast of South America and via Hawaii on a sailing ship.” And the Bored Panda website rated the rhodo as one of the world’s most magnificent “trees”.
If are you in Ladysmith, you can go by 226 Kitchener Street and see this rhododendron, which will be blooming for the next few weeks. Welcome to Spring.