|Catawba Rhododendron Bloom, Craggy Gardens|
|We were a week or two late to see the Catawba Rhododendrons in full bloom in Craggy Meadows --but luckily we did see a few still blooming...|
|Another picture taken while we were in Craggy Meadows showing the Catawba Rhododendron blooms AND some Wild Hydrangea blooms|
|Wild Hydrangea Bush|
|Wild Hydrangea Bloom (close-up)|
|Another bush showing the Wild Hydrangeas in bloom along the Blue Ridge Parkway|
|One of my favorite blooms, the Flame (or Flaming) Azaleas (I love this color.)|
|A close-up picture of the Flame Azaleas|
|One more picture of the Flame Azaleas --found along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina|
|The Mountain Laurel was really showing off!|
|I took a gazillion pictures of the Mountain Laurel in bloom all around us!|
|More Mountain Laurel... WOW!|
|And another favorite was seeing lots and lots of Rosebay Rhododendrons (also called White Rhododendrons); They are at lower elevations than the Catawba Rhododendrons. These start pink and turn white (similar to the Mountain Laurel).|
|Seeing these Rosebay Rhododendrons was such a joy for me... We don't see the white ones very often. They are so gorgeous...|
HERE) to see a great listing of wildflowers along the parkway during all seasons.
I had seen the Catawba Rhododendrons at Craggy before --but not sure if I have ever seen so many Rosebay Rhododendrons in bloom before. AND--I never knew the name of the Wild Hydrangeas until now.... See what I learn when taking pictures, then doing research, and then blogging???? Amazing....
Have a great week.