Photos: Purple rhodie

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

I really want this rhodie. I've wanted it for years - ever since I had one and killed it.

My mother, the master gardener, grew it in a pot because she didn't really have room for it. It was about four feet tall and thriving when we took it home and planted it underneath the neighbor's giant tree (not the one with the baby spiders - this is the one my wisteria tried to eat).

I've seen rhodies growing in deep woods so I figured it was a perfect spot. It took almost a year, but it died.

I've been coveting purple rhodies ever since. There's a beautiful one in the yard of a house that going to be demolished by Sound Transit. I have fantasies of hiring ninjas with shoves and a truck to dig it up in the middle of the night.

Of course, I don't really have anywhere to put it either.



Anonymous,  June 5, 2018 at 10:45 AM  

Please please contact the owners of houses that will go away and save their plants - "rhodies" are easy to dig and transplant because they have shallow roots. Sound Transit will demolish rather than recycle anything in their path - in the U district they smashed big polished granite panels on the side of the building rather than let anyone remove them - many people could have had new kitchen counters, instead it all went to the landfill.

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