The collection of native and hybrid azaleas found on Ichauway Plantation features the life work of Mr. Aaron Varnadoe, who had a nursery in Colquitt, GA where he hybridized native azaleas. David Varnadoe continues with his father's work, propagating azaleas and overseeing the design and care of Ichauway's native gardens which feature many Varnadoe propagules and highlight hybrids of Rhododendron flammeum.
Mr. Varandoe's work is mentioned in American Azaleas by L. Clarence Towe. Varnadoe's 'Phlox Pink' is the hybrid most mentioned in nursery sites I surveyed online.
'Appleblossom' is one that David mentioned when we were
looking at all the natives and I was making pics.
R. austrinum is found in the wild only in south Ga, south AL and FL panhandle. Mr. Varnadoe bred using the rootability of R. austrinum which he crossed with R. Canesens and later R. Flammeum to develop heat resistant cultivars.
I'm showing pics I made in 2006 on a special tour of the facility.
When Ms. Lillian and I went to open house in 2009, the azaleas were mostly done,
only some orange azaleas still with color, which I'll show soon.
The deciduous azaleas shown in this series are native to the southeastern US. The evergreen azaleas that we grow have roots in Asia, mostly imported from Japan. Most bloom a little later than the natives and will be featured later when they bloom here.
It was impossible for me to choose a favorite.
Later I want to show you yellow and the fragrant R. alabamense, special to me.
Thank you all for participating in my unofficial polls.
Please, let me know how many favorite spring shrubs I left off.
I left off hydrangeas, but I think of them as summer shrubs.
Who would have thought that Iris was the one perennial that the most of us grow?