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I Gotta Be Me

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I Gotta Be Me
Description: The azaleas most American gardens take for granted are largely the work of former National Arboretum director Benjamin Morrison.
Hybridizing colorful delicate azaleas with hardier northern varieties from 1929 and 1954, he ultimately produce 454 new cultivars,
now visible in gardens everywhere. The Arboretum contains a large hillside park featuring some 10,000 of his hybrids planted
63 years ago; some of these old azaleas are now the size of small houses. These thousands form one of Washington, DC's most striking
natural springtime spectacles, when the hillside bursts into bloom in late April.
Here, a white azalea plant has produced a single fuchsia bloom, perhaps due to cross-pollination from a neighboring fuchsia variety,
or a mutation in the white azalea's speckling. Other azaleas here have the same out-of-place variations, such as an entire
branch of one plant producing blooms of a different color than the main plant.
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Uploaded on 4/15/2011 4:12:30 AM

Made with Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera

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