When I was a little girl,
we always looked out at the Rhododendron
to see how cold it was.
This week it has been unusually cold.
Each variety of rhododendron has a different cold hardiness,
which varies the temperature at which the leaves roll up.
Rolling exposes the waxy surface of the top leaf,
while protecting the softer, more permeable underside.
The leaves roll to preserve moisture when dry winds occur at the same time as cold weather.
Leaves will unroll themselves naturally when the temperature returns to above freezing.
When it's just cold the leaves stay flat and are more spread out.
These poor things are just plain cold.
( I think I just saw one shiver ).
Our single digit temps this week have taken their toll.
I have to say that I like this better than the summer 90's.
The days have been bright and sunny...not much wind.
My kind of days..
Not so bad if you dress for it.
We could use some moisture though....We are way down.
We've only had 6 inches as compared to 36 inches last year.
Next week they say it will be 50!!!