A friend asked me today what is the best time to prune or cut back her rhododendrons that are quite tall - eight to ten feet - and are blocking the view. I have heard about the 1/3-1/3-1/3 rule, but in fact I have known of several cases where rhodos have been cut back to stick size, with no leaves on, and they have recovered very well. Is now a good time to prune, as we enter Spring? Or would it be better to wait until after flowering, or even into late fall? Here on the West Coast of British Columbia, the climate is quite mild, and this winter has been exceptionally mils (so far!!!) Looking for expert advice, Louis Peterson.