Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 12, 2019

Hey folks,
Even though your backyard (improved and hybridized) rhododendron bushes may have already bloomed, the native Rhododendron Maximus at Rhododendron State Park aren’t even close to flowering yet. The flowers here are due to be blooming in two to three weeks with “peak bloom” around the middle of July or a few days later. This is entirely normal and we’ll be providing bloom status updates each week so that you can time your visit accordingly.

vegetative buds – no flowers on these buds this season – there’s always next year
(photo taken June 11, 2019)

It appears that this year’s bloom will be only slightly “better” than last year’s. That is to say that it will be good but not great. Similar to the fall foliage show, it’s always pretty, but sometimes some years are better than others.

flower bud – fat and short (photo taken June 11, 2019)

And as usual, the bugs are thick, so be prepared for that.

both vegetative (leaf) and flower buds (photo taken June 11, 2019)
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Ted Lenk

Ted Lenk is a Park Staffer at Monadnock State Park who also checks in regularly at Rhododendron State Park.

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