One thing that sets this species apart from the more common cultivars is the extended season of blooming. Each cluster of flowers will last 2-3 weeks depending on the weather, but some clusters will come out earlier, and some will wait until early August before they open.
No big changes are evident on the Rhododendron front at the grove in Fitzwilliam. They are a native species (Rhododendron maximus) that will not start to bloom for another 2-3 weeks or so. For anybody who follows this blog, this is not anything new. The “peak” bloom normally happens around July 15 or so. So far, it does not look any different this year, but we will wait and see, eh?
A few commonly seen wildflowers are visible in the grove this week, but the Rhododendron maximus blossoms are not due for another 3 or 4 weeks. The leaf buds are beginning to grow out, but the flower buds are still pretty tightly wrapped up.
As dry and cool as it has been lately in the Monadnock region, it does not appear (yet, anyway) that the bloom at Rhododendron State Park will be affected. If, however, we don’t get some rain here soon, that may or may not change.
Hi folks-The picture says it all, eh? The Rhododendron maximus flowers are all gone for this season. As it was, they started a bit early this year-a week or so sooner than was expected. Perhaps that will become the norm (the bloom was early last year too). Or not. The future is often hard to […]
Hi folks-As you can see from some of the pictures I took on Thursday, July 16, most, but not all of the blooms at the grove are spent. There are a few fresh enough that they should still be around by this weekend, especially if the weather stays cool enough. Nevertheless, it is July with […]
Hi folks-Well, it seems as though this coming weekend-Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12-may be the weekend when most blooms can be seen all at once. As one can see from the pictures below (all taken on Thursday, July 9) there is, as usual in the grove, a variation in the progression of the […]
Hi folks-It seems that the hot dry weather we had towards the end of June has hastened the bloom timing. Although the middle of July will still have plenty of open flowers to see, there is currently a pretty good show going on. Of course, it is all relative-the amount of flowers to be seen […]
Hi folks-As you can see from some of the accompanying photos taken 6/25, there are a few early blooms this year. Maybe the hot dry weather has spurred them on. Or not. Who knows? In any case, the main show will still happen mid July. Maybe day or 2 earlier. As beautiful and wondrous as […]
Hi Folks,Thursday June 18th, 2020 It is hot out there, eh? And dry, too. On the lowest sections of the Rhododendron trail the temperature is perhaps 3-4 degrees cooler than the parking lot. As you can see in the picture below, the youngest leaves are drooping a bit. But during the summer here in SW […]