As the hybrid rhododendrons are winding down, the bloom time at Rhododendron State Park is getting closer. However, we may not see any flowers for another week or so.
Most of the flowers will be out in full by the middle of July as usual. However, the bugs are as thick as ever (also normal at the grove for this time of year), so come prepared
The picture below (taken this week) shows the difference between the various sorts of terminal (branch tip) growth. On the left are vegetative (leaf) buds that will not be flowering this year. Near the center is a flower husk left over from last year’s bloom. On the right is a flower bud due to open some time in the next 3 weeks give or take a few days.
Remember-be prepared for the bugs!