Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 22, 2018

Hey Folks,

Not much is new (visibly, at least) at the grove this week as far as the blooms go. Each week when I walk the loop I notice a few more flower buds (not new ones, I just didn’t see them before) but the numbers are down this year. The buds are still as tight as they usually are this time of year, although development that we can’t easily see is certainly happening inside the bud. Plants can be very subtle as well as dramatic.

A few mushrooms came up after the rain, and no obvious storm damage was seen along the loop today. I heard a few of the more obvious songbirds – I wouldn’t know if something unusual was there – I’ll bet there was – oh well…

One new thing I noticed was some well-needed signs along the loop – looks good!

Tunnel along the loop
new growth that won’t be blooming this year-lots of it
flower buds due to bloom in several weeks-fat and cone-shaped
chlorosis-damage to the shade tolerant leaves from too much sun
more of the same

Until next week,

Ted Lenk

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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.

One thought on “Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 22, 2018

  1. Great to read this, Ted! I enjoyed our walk there last summer. This might inspire me to get down there again in the next week or few.

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