The news is that the Rhododendron grove will be keeping its blossoms a bit longer than previously predicted this year-perhaps until the end of July-it may depend on the weather. So far, the temperatures have been slightly cooler than expected and the overall precipitation has been down a bit (at least compared to last year's July). Is it really enough of a change to make a difference in the timing of the bloom? I would say definitely maybe. The rules of Nature are never simple and often very misunderstood by us. Some things are so mysterious, we may never have the answers.
In any case, the show is continuing. Right now the grove is quite pretty (although just a bit past "peak") and should be so on through to the end of this coming weekend (July 27). Now that I have said that, perhaps the thunderstorms and warmth that have been predicted for this week will have an effect on the condition of the blooms-or maybe not...
If you come either now or later, remember to bring bug dope. The grove is always buggy in the summer.
Thank you for your support of New Hampshire State Parks. We hope that you have a chance in the small window of opportunity this summer to view the rhododendrons in bloom. Regardless, as some of you may know by now, the Park is an enjoyable place to visit nearly any time of the year with many special features to be seen.
For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Rhododendron State Park, please call Monadnock State Park at 603-532-8862.
Until next time,