Tuesday, May 9, 2006

mountain laurel

The mountain laurels are starting to bloom everywhere.

In the woods, along the creek banks and roadsides.

The buds are very pink until the flower opens, then the longer it stays open, the whiter it seems to become.

The dark shiny leaves make a beautiful contrast.

I remember them used as decoration at my wedding shower waaayy back in '73.

According to answers.com, its leaves were formerly used as a remedy for skin diseases, and spoons were made from the hard wood. It is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, closely related to the rhododendron and native to East North America.


Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures of Moutain Laurel...We were planning on a ride when it bloomed, but we are pet sitting until Friday with 3 large dogs & 7 cats.
You asked if we built our pool...Yes, we did except for the preformed plastic insert...now we are wishing we would have made it bigger. But it is pretty self-sustaining now...we just enjoy the beauty of the plants and the fish. The fish require no feeding from us. The only thing we have to do is drop a mosquito pellet into the water twice a month.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I was really taking a much closer look at the Mt.Laurel flowers and they are so delicate looking to me with those striking dark lines on each flower petal and that tinge of pink on white. Very nice picture Susan.
By this weekend it should be blooming around Natural Bridge State Park and the Red River Gorge and we might still be able to see it in bloom, not in Georgia, but here in KY.

doubleknot said...

Nice pictures of the Mountain Laurel. I think spring has sprung for most of us.