rhododendron flower bud on June 16, 2016

Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 17, 2016

There has not been much obvious change to see in the grove from last week to now, although discreet changes are certainly happening on the cellular level that we cannot see without looking very closely with a microscope. I have included photos of both leaf and flower buds taken a week ago as well as one taken yesterday at Rhododendron State Park. There isn’t a lot of difference to see. For a few days earlier this week the weather was on the cool side, but now it has warmed up considerably, and we haven’t seen much precipitation lately. This may have an effect on the growth and seasonal progression of the grove, but I wouldn’t want to try to explain it. Sometimes life is a mystery – that can be good for us often.

rhododendron flower bud on June 16, 2016
Only a slight change from last week – you can just barely see the pink flower emerging from the bud. Photo from June 16, 2016.
Rhododendron flower buds and vegetative buds (June 9, 2016)
Photo from last week (June 9) to compare.

After having looked at last year’s bloom report from this week, I see that the weather was damp then. I mentioned birdsongs to listen for and mushrooms to look for. Yesterday I saw no mushrooms and the birds were keeping a low profile. I did hear a wood thrush and noticed a few little brown birds (as far as I can get with ID sometimes), but in order to be heard well, the air needs to be more moist.

Tunnel of Rhododendrons (June 16, 2017)
Tunnel of Rhododendrons (June 16, 2016)

I have included a picture of a very distinctive tree that is growing within the grove. Any ideas? ( I will reveal its identity in future notes):

Distinctive Tree in the Rhododendron Grove
Distinctive Tree in the Rhododendron Grove. Any ideas what it is?

Even with the lack of moisture we are experiencing, the mosquitoes are thick enough at the grove that they will find you, so come prepared.

Until next time,

Ted

Monadnock State Park
P.O. Box 181
Jaffrey, NH 03452
603 532 8862

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Ted Lenk

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

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