The spring greens have really come out along the Parkway now, except for the highest elevations where the trees are still bare of leaves and the maples are just starting to bloom.
At the lower elevations along the Parkway, dogwoods and serviceberries are now joined by the magnificent flowers of the mountain magnolias Magnolia fraseri and a multitude of blooming shrubs. I was delighted to find the Carolina rhododendron in full bloom. You can see it growing on the cliff above Bear Den Overlook during a Parkway drive or on the rim of Linville Gorge if you are up for a hike. It is the first of our native rhododendrons to start blooming and has a somewhat lighter pink color than the more familiar Catawba rhododendron that flowers in late May to mid-June.
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Among the shrubs, redtwig doghobble Eubotrys recurvus , pinkshell azalea Rhododendron vaseyi , and black chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa are blooming along the Parkway now up into the higher elevations. The first two of these are Southern Appalachian endemics with the pinkshell azalea having such a narrow range that it is found wild only in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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Trilliums are now up in full force as well, with both white and red trilliums in bloom along the Parkway between Boone and Blowing Rock. Look for them roadside in somewhat shaded areas.new.userengage.io/mujeres-de-45-a-50-anos.php
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Return to Book Page. Adkins ,. Joe Cook Photographs. Whether its skunk cabbage blooming in the late winter chill, columbine and phlox bursting with color in the summer heat, or witch hazel blossoms patiently waiting for the cool of late fall, the flowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains put on a spectacular show for all but the coldest months of the year.
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Whether on a dayhike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Whether its skunk cabbage blooming in the late winter chill, columbine and phlox bursting with color in the summer heat, or witch hazel blossoms patiently waiting for the cool of late fall, the flowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains put on a spectacular show for all but the coldest months of the year. Whether on a dayhike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or winding through miles of mountain beauty along the Blue Ridge Parkway, appreciating the wildflowers along the way, using Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains as your guide, adds a level of enjoyment that has no price.
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