Mountain Laurel, Blackberry, Honeysuckle, and Wild Roses

Foggy Laurel  Foggy Laurel
Suddenly, the Mountain Laurel has gone crazy! The late freeze must have delayed the bloom, and now the woods are filled with white and pink blossoms. Click on the above images to see the amazing detail of the flowers.

Blackberry Lake
At the same time, the Blackberry bushes have burst forth with mounds of flowers. They surround Otter Pond, and in the fog this morning, they were even more pronounced. But the best part is that the Honeysuckle, below,  is also in full bloom, and the sweet fragrance follows you everywhere. In many places, they both intertwine, as though the scentless Blackberry is using the Honeysuckle to attract the bees and butterflies.

Honeysuckle Vine

Wild roses, below, have shared the creeksides with the other thorny plants, and they have a very mild fragrance that competes with the Honeysuckle. Again, click on the images for the cool detail.

Wild Rose Cluster   Wild Rose Flowers

Below is Vincent Van Gogh’s interpretation of the wild white rose of Provence.

Van Gogh Wild Roses

The meadows have greened up with hundreds of kinds of weeds and wildflowers.

Wildflower Meadow Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Otter Pond before sunrise in the fog was surreal. With no breeze and 58 degrees, the water’s surface was a total mirror.

Foggy Otter Pond

Yesterday with the sun out, Otter Pond took on an entirely different personality.

Otter Pond Green

2 thoughts on “Mountain Laurel, Blackberry, Honeysuckle, and Wild Roses

  1. Would love to pick those blackberries when the time comes.

    On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of

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