Botany 101

It seems that our flowering trees and shrubs have come and gone more quickly than usual this spring.  Or maybe it’s just me.

First, the forsythia, then the flowering trees, the lilacs, then the azaleas and rhododenron.  This, I believe, was the last good weekend for the rhododendron, for which I am a total sucker, to strut their stuff.

And that bring us to your state flower, Connecticut.  The mountain laurel!

Kalmia Latifolia

Kalmia latifolia

It’s popping big time right now.  If you failed to slow down and admire the others, now’s the time to stop, take a breath, and admire the beauty around you.  After all, it is your state flower.

Look around.  It’s almost everywhere.  And best of all, it’s free.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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2 Responses to Botany 101

  1. You would love it down here. We’re not that far – as the golf ball flies – from Augusta. The azaleas are really something to see,and they are everywhere.For about a month. They go and something else starts blooming. It’s a blooming paradise, and the show all starts in March.

    This week the stars are the Southern Magnolias. White flowers are six to eight inches wide.

  2. Gerry says:

    It’s like a natural handoff. As soon as one starts losing its flowers, the next one steps up. It is a great time of year.

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