From Heritage’s Director of Horticulture Les Lutz:
Spring has been elusive this season. We had a warm spell in early April followed by temperatures below normal for much of the month of April and early May. Usually by mid-May we have rhododendrons in flower throughout the Garden but this year, only a few have begun to show color as of May 13. If the warmer weather holds, there should be a good flush of color by the beginning of Rhododendron Festival, May 21.
Throughout the Gardens there are bulbs in flower everywhere including narcissus, crocus and the bulb stream, with its 35,000 grape hyacinths is at peak this week. Also in flower throughout the garden are flowering Crabapples, Magnolias, Silverbells and apples. The Viburnum collection is coming into flower as are many azaleas.
Heritage is well known for its spectacular collection of rhododendrons and this should prove to be the best flowering season in the last several years. The mild winter has been kind to the entire Garden but rhododendrons, in particular, have a much higher bud count than the last several seasons.
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.