Can you ID these two pics

East Texas, United States(Zone 8a)

I think the first one is a flower bud, but what is the second one? Looks like what's left of a spent flower, but I want the experienced growers to confirm or properly ID. BTW, this a FL Flame azalea, all yellow which has done very well in part shade, moist part of my garden. Virtually trouble free.

I noticed the brown looking thingys after transplanting from pot I to ground. Plant has developed several buds since transplant last Oct, so I figure it has survived transplant.

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Hurst, TX(Zone 7b)

The 2nd one is not too clear but it seems to be what's left off the trusses (the roundish blooms/flowers) once the azalea goes to seed. When green, it sort of looks like this image:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302797/-The-Daily-Bucket-Gone-to-Seed#

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

I was thinking the same thing.

East Texas, United States(Zone 8a)

Thank you both and sorry for pic. Good to know what it is. Looks like I should have removed those in order to improve bud production for the subsequent season? yay/nay?

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

I'm not sure that really makes a difference. I don't remove the ones on my Girard's Mt. St. Helens and it blooms fine.

East Texas, United States(Zone 8a)

ok. I wont bother, have enough chores as it is

Greenlawn, NY(Zone 7a)

Can anyone ID this rhododendron for me?

I purchased it in the 1960's but have never known its name. Appreciate any help you can give me.
Barbara

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

I took a few minutes and searched rhododendron.org. I think I found your plant:

http://www.hirsutum.info/rhododendron/hybrids/detail.php?id=35

http://www.rhododendron.org/descriptionH_new.asp?ID=428

Looks like a close match to me as a 'Blue Peter'.

Greenlawn, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks so much for your help, Sequoiadendron,
I have looked at the pictures on rhododendron.org of Blue Peter and Peter Alan. I may be leaning a bit more toward Peter Alan because my flower seems to have less white than the Blue Peter flower has.
Barbara

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Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Barbara, the link below states the 'Peter Alan' was hybridized in 1986 by Girard Nurseries. If your specimen was planted in the '60s, I'm not sure Peter Alan would be a fit.

http://www.hirsutum.info/rhododendron/hybrids/detail.php?id=531

Greenlawn, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks for that update, it does indeed seem to change the picture or I am very mixed up about when we purchased this plant. We have lived here since 1959, maybe I am thinking incorrectly . The pictures on this site too seem very much like my plant. I will talk to my husband to see if he remembers the timing.
Barbara

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Yeah I don't know. I am in the camp that it's Blue Peter based on the pictures you posted. Anyway, at least you got two great Rhodi resources out of it :-)

Greenlawn, NY(Zone 7a)

Away from my computer for a few days. I certainly did get helpful about how to identify a rhododendron. That was an excellent site. Thanks again.
Barbara

Greenlawn, NY(Zone 7a)

Sequoiadendron.
I have been looking at the pictures more carefully and just deadheaded the blossoms yesterday on my rhododendron and realized as the flower went to total peak and maybe a bit past peak, the flowers definitely did show more white than I had seen earlier. I believe my rhododendron is Blue Peter. Thanks again for your help and taking the trouble to look it up on the rhododendron.org site.
Barbara

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Sure! Helping you is a learning experience for me :-)

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