By: Tom Fischer, Interpretive Ranger at Monadnock State Park
In the absence of the illustrious Ted Lenk, I will endeavor to write the world a quick bloom report for Rhododendron State Park.
As of this week, the blooms seem to finally be in full swing at Rhododendron. However, as Ted observed in his previous report, there seems to be more vegetative growth this year than flowering buds.
Although the majority of the buds are in full bloom, there are still those that are dragging their feet and others that are racing ahead. I have seen one or two rhododendron that are already in the later stages of flowering, as well as one or two that were just beginning to make their way out of their buds.
Even though the new growth has detracted somewhat from the floral display, there are still plenty of blooms out, especially for those with a keen eye. One group of visitors came to me after their tour of the park and told me to encourage everyone to “walk through the park twice”, claiming that it was only on the second viewing that they realized how many rhododendrons were really out there. Another tip I received from a group was to look up, many of the blooms are just above eyeline and could be missed.
The above picture is a sure sign that Rhododendron blooms are overhead, and a reminder to come visit Rhododendron State Park before the bloom is gone.