One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Rhododendron cumberlandense, R. minus, and Kalmia latifolia cv.: some spectacular shrubs in Fern Valley this weekend
The Mountain Laurels are at their peak this week as are the later native Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Though we have flirted with drying out the last week or so, there's been adequate moisture all spring and most of last year. Among the many plants that have responded well are the Ferns of Fern Valley. Cinnamon and Ostrich Ferns are well known for their ability to achieve fairly spectacular sizes when growing in constantly moist conditions, but most ferns seem to have the ability to get a little bigger in seasons where they have more water than ususal. This is one of those seasons. Combining this moisture with the sporadic short hot spells we've experienced this spring and we have a lot of big healthy ferns. Worth a look....