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 New England we often see dry spells interspersed by thunderstorms, so no worries yet, but if the older leaves were to curl up like they do in the winter (so as to conserve moisture), then we will take a closer look.
As is normal, the hybrid rhododendron are in full display in landscaped gardens and front yards. However, Rhododendron maximus, a native species, blooms during the middle of July. Again, as you can see in the pictures below, the flower buds are still pretty tight. They are just beginning to expand, and will probably be right on schedule. Whose schedule is the question. Their own, of course. Plan on mid-July.
The mosquitos are no longer swarming at he grove, but they are there, and they will find you, so be prepared.