Rhododendron Bloom Report: June 3, 2021

Hi folks-

It looks like regionwide about 2″ of rain fell over last weekend. More on the way? Let us hope so. Even with all that rain we got, the soil is very dry underneath. We need much more moisture to make up for the dry conditions this spring. The Rhododendron grove was fortunate to get the rain it did. It is still rather dry in there, but better than it was. Alas, I digress…

Leaf buds growing out
Flower buds as tight as they should be on June 3
Too much sun makes the leave turn yellow

A few commonly seen wildflowers are visible in the grove this week, but the Rhododendron maximus blossoms are not due for another 3 or 4 weeks. The leaf buds are beginning to grow out, but the flower buds are still pretty tightly wrapped up. As they begin to expand in the next few weeks, I will include some pictures.

Cyprepedium reginae (aka Lady’s Slipper)
Smilacena racemosa (aka False Solomon’s Seal)
Cornus canadensis (aka Bunchberry)
Maianthemum canadensis (aka Canada Mayflower)
A view down the trail
Another view of the trail
And another one

Remember to be prepared for lots of bugs at the grove.

Until next week,
Ted Lenk

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Ted Lenk

Ted Lenk is an NH State Park Volunteer who checks in regularly at Rhododendron State Park.

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