Rhododendron • Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji
More azalea classification troubles… This small Azalea lives on the NW bank of the pond, nominally in Area Q – could be easily missed as it is inostensible and our of the way, while several small pruned pines closer to the N path command instant attention. BUT it has a silver acquisition tag with a name and a number, the oldest type of tags in the Garden – presumably from times when the Garden still belonged to UW, one would think it was put on the plant right after it was bought, with a name spelled on the sale receipt.
Except that cursory internet search informs that there was one Joe B. Gable of Stewarstown, Pennsylvania. Born in 1886, he spent about 40 years of his life breading and hybridizing azaleas, and according to Donald W. Hyatt webpage (his entire site is a mine of plant information, a lot of it about azaleas) titled ‘The Rhododendron Legacy of Joe Gable’ our ‘Caroline Gable’ is not what Joe had in mind, unless he breaded more than one of this name, which he might have: […] Some of Joe Gable’s rhododendrons were named for family members, such the pale lavender pink “Caroline” for his daughter, Caroline Gable, who passed away not long ago. He named an evergreen azalea “Caroline Gable”, too. […]
Click on the link above to see Jo Gable’s ‘Caroline Gable’ azalea… Or click on Donald Hyatt newer website on more azaleas (mostly).
There is another “Caroline Gable’ listed in Area K (Turtle Island) – I will look at at, if find a way to ferry there… Kathy L. once answered my plant confusion, when I asked why smilingly identical plants have different names and some very different plants share one name: ‘Probably named by different people, in different times, or different part of the planet. If we get 50% right, we are ahead’. Sigh – well, that is my consolation.