Mountain Laurel Blooming

Each day of spring brings a few more wildflower blooms out, as the days get warmer and longer.  We often get the question, “When will the Mountain Laurel be in bloom?”  The answer is not simple, as so many factors combine to determine when a particular stand will show off.  As you might have guessed, micro-climates exist depending on altitude, direction of slope face, amount of shelter, and so on.  However, we did see quite a few Mountain Laurel blooms this past week at Sherando Lake, so the Blue Ridge Parkway will not be long to follow.