Rhododendron Bloom Report: July 8, 2021

Hi folks-

I did go over to the Rhododendron grove today, but just as I got there, it started raining very hard. My camera is not weatherproof, so it stayed in the dry bag. I stayed for an hour or so, but the hard rain did not let up. No pictures from today, even though I went around the loop trail and got pretty wet. No bugs during the rain.

If you want a few images that show roughly what the current bloom status is – check out these 2 blogs written around the same time in the past 2 years:

Some flowers are out, and in some of the sunnier areas a lot of them are out. With all this rain and cooler temps, they will theoretically last a day or two longer, and by the middle of next week most should be out. Both this weekend and next weekend (7/17-18) will be good for viewing.

One thing you might notice is that most flowers at the grove have a pink blush to them that fades as they open. However, not all-indeed, some flowers are without any pink at all, even when starting out. Why is this? Not sure, but here are some theories:

  • Different genetics-it is likely that what you see at the grove is largely one plant that over time has spread by laying down branches and rooting-“walking along,” so to speak. If so, this means that all of the flowers, being genetically identical, will be the same color, yes? So perhaps the ones without any pink are from a seedling with genetic makeup that has no pink in it.
  • Another theory is that of environmental conditions-how much of all the different nutrients a particular plant has access to. And then there is moisture. Or perhaps a plant that is genetically predisposed to pink flowers was somehow altered as it grew. Far fetched? The nature of scientific study is to look at all possibilities, no matter how unbelievable they may seem.

Then, as I was leaving the area, I happened to glance over at the large Rhododendron bush close to Patch Cottage, and saw both (pinkish) flowers and (white with no hint of pink) flowers. Not on the same branch, but somehow connected nonetheless. Shows how much I know.

Maybe next Thursday it won’t be raining and I will take some pictures. Oh, but then the bugs will be out. Sigh. Life can be hard that way, eh?

Until next week,
Ted Lenk

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Ted Lenk

Ted Lenk is an NH State Park Volunteer who checks in regularly at Rhododendron State Park.

2 thoughts to “Rhododendron Bloom Report: July 8, 2021”

  1. We are able to go during the week. What is best date?

    What is practically the best defense against the bugs?

  2. After 3 different dates in 3 different years we finally hit the jackpot today with alot of sunshine for photos and in my opinion a 97% bloom on most plants. The main clear and well trimmed walking path drains rather quickly and a large family seemed to have no problems enjoying natures greatest rhododendron display. Plenty of new pavement on the main access road and ample free parking at the entrance points for the many different trails to enjoy. The natural fragrance was intoxicating exiting our car and there is also a few eating or sitting spots and 3 primitive outhouses too. Two of our group complained of the bugs, but I never felt one bite or noticed even a single tick. We age we must be getting better at the timing for blooms with the 2021 heavy rainfall season. First the giant Tulip display and pick your own in early June in Connecticut. Second the Botanic Fuller Rose Gardens in No. Hampton “www.fullergardens.org” on June 24, 2021 99% full Rose blooms and Dahlia garden. Now onto Griswold Conn. Buttonwoods Farms for the annual Sunflower display We took 321 photos today with great natural lighting and moisture on the flowers to share on this blog if allowed.

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