I went to the grove a day early in order to avoid the rain forecast for Thursday 6/28, but not much difference can be seen in a day or two unless one looks quite closely. Indeed, all plants are metabolizing and growing at an amazing rate this time of year. A microscope or even a magnifying glass will show this.
The weather forecast for the next few days calls for hot and wet conditions – just right for plant growth (and mosquitoes, too). Does this mean that the Rhododendrons will bloom sooner? Perhaps, but remember that most plants found in the temperate zones evolved to cope with such adverse temperature and moisture swings during the growing season, so probably not much difference will be apparent. If, however, we eventually (or sooner than that) begin to experience the radical swings that climate change may visit upon us, they will become less predictable than usual which is not very much anyway.
As shown in today’s pictures, there are the occasional swollen flower buds as well as mostly tightly closed buds. Also shown is the amazing vegetative growth that is happening this year, partially due to the low number of blooms to be found in the grove.
Remember that when you visit Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, NH during summer, be prepared for thick mosquitoes regardless of the days temperature.
Until next week,