This is actually not completely true as a few of my own R. canadense seedlings bloomed last summer but other than that these are the first. The azalea I grew from a seed mix bought in the Mustila arboretum. Nothing
special really, but a nice plant similar to the R. luteum species. The flowers are rather small and have a very strong yellow azalea scent. The flowers produce ample amounts of pollen, which is good since I have very little azalea pollen in store
right now. I pollinated this one (named MM1) with a few different pollens to find out if it is fertile.
The other delightful first flowering (below) is from one of my first hand pollinations ever: September Flair X P.M.A.
Tigerstedt (2008). Small flowers (like in both parents) but very nice picotee colouring. The flowers are almost exactly halfway between the parents. The flowers turned out to be very long lasting (about 2 weeks) even though I hand pollinated them. This plant
(SFxPMAT1) does not seem to produce any pollen, which is similar to its female parent.