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Old 05-25-2014, 05:58 AM   #81
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Thanks for the azalea hyperlink linrose, after looking thru various pages of the reference site, I feel more confident that I have the R. canescens, because I'm sure I would have noticed a 'cinnamon/clove' in the fragrance (as noted of the R. prinophyllum), -but I never have detected that-, mine are quite fragrant especially when warmed in the sunshine, just a gentle sweet fragrance. I also wouldn't consider these as 'deeper pink' as remarked when identifying the R. prinophyllum.

It is nice to find out, there are so many native Rhododendron.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:17 AM   #82
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Our male American holly is in full bloom, and even though that heavy, honeylike scent is not great for my sinuses, I love it. Yesterday, I discovered something that made me love our tree even more: it was so full of bees that I heard them buzzing from twenty feet away. I had no idea that holly was such a pollinator magnet.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:31 AM   #83
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It is unfortunate when you love the outdoors but have allergies. That is really cool about the holly. I'll have to check mine out. I haven't noticed bees on it.
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Loratadine is my friend.
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Loratadine is one I have never heard of before. I've been getting allergy shots for 3 years now and they have helped tremendously.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:12 PM   #86
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Loratadine is the drug of the brand Claritin 24-hour. I have pretty bad allergies, and got shots for some years. Very few sinus headaches, though I get a good runny nose.

I do not think the holly would cause allergic reaction as its bee pollinated and not wind.

Ohio Spiderwort, Black Cherry, Pagoda Dogwood, Red-Osier Dogwood is blooming. Deer have been showing up and doing some heavy damage to the dogwoods. Making a lot of cuttings of the dogwoods to root and plant. Abundance is abundance. They even tried to eat some swamp milkweed. Funny.
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ww - glad that you IDd the azalea, any native azalea is great in my book!

I came home from a weekend away to find Indian Pink blooming, what a stunner! This is my first year growing it and I am loving it already. It will bloom in full shade. I'm sure the hummingbirds will too.
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The Indian Pink is unusual. I like it.
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Our Indian pink didn't bloom last year--hoping it does better this year.

In terms of allergies (or irritants, as I've never been tested to find out my actual allergies), certain heavy scents set me off, even from plants that don't seem to have much pollen. The phenomenon is most annoying.
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Many of my plants continue to be 3-4 weeks behind previous years, I wonder if the later ones will catch up or the delay will last all year.

Carolina lupine, Thermopsis villosa
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Wow, it is really thunder and lightening-ing outside. I am getting off of the computer and unplugging stuff for now. Signing off!
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