Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel

In late May the mountains are full of color as the rhododendrons bloom. They have peaked in the lower elevations (less than 3,000 ft), and are just beginning at 4,000 ft and higher.

As the rhododendron fades and new growth appears on the branches, the mountain laurel begins its show of color.
The mountain laurel will bloom for weeks. Earliest blossoms will come on plants with more sunlight, followed by those that bloom in the shady areas. It will be a feast for the eyes.

I can't wait!


Ruth said...

Beautiful! I have never seen Rhododendrons around here.

Unknown said...

The mountain laurel is our state flower here in PA. The first time I saw it in full bloom I was blown away. You are right it is gorgeous.

The Birdlady said...

Aren't they wonderful? The pictures are lovely.

Jayne said...

Pure beauty and a feast for the eyes. The rhodoes were spectacular in size in the NC mountains, but we were there too early to see them in bloom.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks, all. Some years the Mountain Laurel blossoms are few and scattered. Other years they bloom in profusion. This is going to be a profusion year. Even the Laurels deep in the forest are loaded with buds.

Mary said...

You know, I can feel the coolness below, the warmth of the sun, and the fragrance of a new spring. These photos are a mini-vacation for me today.