Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 20, 2017

Hey folks,
The flower buds at Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, NH are beginning to expand a bit in some places. In the shadier spots you may see some buds that have not visibly “woken up,” but in other lighter locations some buds might show some pink color or even be opening up a little. This hot humid weather tends to speed things up a bit, but it’s often hard to predict some plant behavior.

some very early color-unusual, but not unheard of
expanding flower bud-a bit sooner than most

The leaf buds have certainly grown out a lot this week, though. They won’t grow much past 6-8 inches long before the leaves fill out, and the potential for flower buds developing at their terminals will depend on what? I don’t know. Perhaps this summer’s weather? Or maybe available nutrients? There are many possibilities. Plants are so mysterious sometimes.

leaf buds growing out
flower buds elongating

Ironically, sometimes too much sun can be hard on some plants, especially those that evolved to be in the shade of other plants. More light often¬† causes more flowering though-it’s a mystery.

sunburned foliage (“chlorotic”)
a single elongated flower bud

The Rhododendron grove in Fizwilliam, NH is always a great place to visit with or without the flowers in bloom. There are many things to see and hear if you are interested. During the summer months it is often quite buggy (it is now) so come prepared.

tunnel-like trail in the grove
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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.

3 thoughts on “Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 20, 2017

  1. So…. it’s June 22 – “summer”! Still damp and cool-ish. Best guess – will flowers still be blooming a month from now, or will that be past? Thanks! ST

  2. I’m considering a trip to see the rhododendron this Tues-Weds., June 27-28, if they are in bloom.
    Could you give an update as to current bloom status? Many thanks.

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