Every spring my Rhododendron yedoense pukhanense 'Alba' puts on a stunning show covering itself in dozens of large white flowers. Its neighbor, Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Yaku Angel' does nothing. In twelve years it has sent up one flower bud. It is the type of Rhodie noted for indumentum, the brown fuzzy underside to its large glossy leaves. That alone makes it an attractive shrub so I haven't let its lack of flowers bother me.
But this spring, it sported eleven buds. Since each large pink bud opens into four or five flowers, that meant I would have a nice show from this shrub for a change. And the pictures below show how lovely my Rhodie's flowers are. But in a fit of jealously, 'Alba' does not have one flower. Not a dried up bud, nada, nothing. I haven't a clue what it means. Perhaps they had a quiet talk over the winter and decided to take turns on center stage.