Bloomin' gorgeous, and where to see wild rhododendrons
For sheer drama, nothing beats the spectacle of Southwest Virginia's wild rhododendrons in blossom.
|Rhodies along the Blue Ridge Parkway|
It's that time again -- when these Southern Appalachians put on one of their two most spectacular shows of the year. The other, of course, comes in the fall, when the hillsides become a colorful abstract canvas, drawing visitors from around the world.
Springtime is rhododendron time.
Spring in the mountains has other charms, from the pastel colors of early April to the balmy afternoons of June. But for sheer, over-the-top spectacle, nothing compares to thousands of wild rhododendrons in bloom.
One of the best -- and easiest -- places to see the late-blooming rosebay rhododendron is along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mabry Mill. The rhododendrons in those parts typically start blooming late in June, although times vary. The equally spectacular flame azaleas, which are also considered rhododendrons by plant taxonomists, bloom orange on this stretch of the parkway in early May, James said.
"That is just a glorious display," he said.
One sure-fire way to find out what's blooming up there is to call Mabry Mill and ask. 276-952-2947.
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The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is a lovely scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway from Mabry Mill. We hope you consider staying with us during this spectacular spring show!
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