Marchioness of Kapowsin

We had a large Marchioness of Lansdowne at in the forest at our previous house in Kapowsin (Orting). The plant self-pollinated and dropped a seed into a rotting hemlock stump, sometime around 1994. The seed germinated and grew slowly for several years. In 1998, I sawed the stump off a ground level and moved it, with its small rhododendron growing in the top, to the Enumclaw garden. This is its first flower, in June of 2005.

Trees are more frequent users of nurselogs and stumps. I also brought a six-foot Western Hemlock with its host in 1996.