Rhododendron "Grace Seabrook"
The Queen of the early big ass reds
To see this one in person is to remember the delicious and refreshing flavor of cherry ice snow cones on a long ago summer day. Gracie is one of the six different early big ass reds I raise. She was bred by a retired navy admiral (I think that was his final designation) who lived about two miles from where I am sitting. She has a big brother named “Taurus" (same cross -- shown below) that is similar, but bigger, and the latter has big dark red buds. He too is in bloom. If Grace is the Queen, Taurus is the early RED KING.