Cherry Blossoms near Lake Lure
When most people hear the words, Cherry Blossoms, they think of that city with all the monuments, but if you want to see amazing blossoms two weeks earlier, you might consider visiting Lake Lure, North Carolina, especially the Rumbling Bald Resort at the north end of the lake. Seventy-five years ago, developers had the foresight to plant the Yoshino Japanese Cherry trees that had been planted in Washington decades before. The display is no less breathtaking.
Their are over 250 varieties of Cherry trees worldwide, and most of them bloom at the same time, depending on temperature and length of daylight. The blooming, from first blossom to last, is about two weeks, not very long.
Turkey Tail Mushrooms extract nutrition from these aging trees, but that doesn’t stop new shoots from breaking through.
A few miles further north is an orchard of Sakura Cherry trees.
Autumn is not the only season to enjoy the colors of the Blue Ridge. Springtime, especially when the Dogwood and Azaleas are blooming, can be just as dramatic.