We had a great spring last year for rhododendrons. This year, without a proper winter and with the garden under full attack from invasive strangling vines, I’m not optimistic. Everything else was suffering through last summer, but even in full drought those invasive weeds kept growing. We had them all chopped down in the fall, but they need to be uprooted and we can’t. All we can do is hire someone to come and cut them down as often as we can afford. Those invaders are ugly.