Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
This is an amazing year for the Mountain Laurel. Some years it barely flowers, and some years it is nice but nothing special. This is the best I have seen it in a very long time. The woods are alive with it. In fact, this whole Spring/Early Summer has been interesting. Everything is flowering like crazy, and we have had 2 black bears in the past few days. On Thursday a smallish youngster and yesterday morning its mother. She was huge and looking to come up on the deck to have a go at the bird feeders. I was bummed to have to bring them inside. The hummingbirds have been draining their feeder every few days and I had just started to see the rose breasted grosbeaks. Oh well, I’ll still try to hang them during the day and hope for the best.